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June 24, 2024

 

PLANNED ROADWORK FOR NORTHEAST MISSOURI

The following is a list of general highway maintenance work the Missouri Department of Transportation has planned in the Northeast Missouri region for the next few weeks.

All road closures and planned roadwork may be viewed on the Traveler Information Map at http://traveler.modot.org/map/.

Inclement weather may cause schedule changes in some of the planned work. There may also be moving operations throughout the region, in addition to the work mentioned below.

 

Audrain County

Route W – June 24 – July 17, CLOSED for City of Vandalia sewer project from East Washington Street to East State Street beginning on Monday, June 24th at 7:00 a.m. and ending on Wednesday, July 17th at 6:00 p.m.

Knox County

Route V – June 24 – 27, LANE RESTRICTION for bridge maintenance from 0.25 mile before and after the Bridge Creek bridge between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. A 10-foot width restriction will be in place where crews are actively working daily.

Lincoln County

Missouri Route 79 – July 3, LANE RESTRICTION for patching operations from Route CC to Missouri Route 47 between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Route W - June 26 – 27, LANE RESTRICTION for patching operations from Missouri Route 79 to the Lincoln county line between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily.

Route CC – July 1 – 2, LANE RESTRICTION for patching operations from Route W to Missouri Route 79 between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily.

 

Macon County

U.S. Route 36 (Eastbound) – June 25 - 27, LANE RESTRICTION for patching operations from U.S. Business Route 36 to Nashville Avenue between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.  A 14-foot width restriction will be in place where crews are actively working daily.

Missouri Route 156 – July 2 – 3, Lane Restriction for bridge maintenance 0.25 mile before and after the North River bridge between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. A 10-foot width restriction will be in place where crews are actively working daily.

Route J – June 24, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Missouri Route 129 in Linn County to Alpine Avenue in Macon County between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Route J – July 1, CLOSED for bridge maintenance from Route O to Hacksaw Road between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Marion County

Missouri Route 168 – July 1 – 2, CLOSED for patching operations from Route Z in Shelby County to Route D between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily

Route C – June 26 – 27, CLOSED for patching operations from Route Z in Shelby County to Missouri Route 168 between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily.

Route K – June 24, CLOSED for patching operations from U.S. Route 36 to Route C between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Route K – June 25, CLOSED for seal coat operations from U.S. Route 36 to Route C between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Route M – July 3, CLOSED for patching operations from Route D to Route A between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Route Z – June 26, LANE RESTRICTION for patching operations from U.S. Route 36 to Route C between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Monroe County

Route A – June 27 & July 1, CLOSED for patching operations from U.S. Route 24 to Route J between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily.

Route F – June 24 – 26 CLOSED for patching operations from Route A to Missouri Route 15 between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily.

Route J – July 2 – 3, CLOSED for patching operations from Missouri Route 15 to the Randolph county line between 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily.

Montgomery County

Route FF – July 1 - 3, CLOSED for patching operations from Route E to end of state maintenance between 7:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. daily.

Pike County

Route D – June 24 – 25, LANE RESTRICTION for patching operations from Missouri Route 79 to U.S. Route 61 between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily.

Ralls County

Route Y – June 24, CLOSED for seal coat operations from Missouri Route 19 to Missouri Route 154 between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Randolph County

Route J – June 24, LANE RESTRICTION for patching operations from U.S. Route 63 to CR 1870 between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 daily.

Route DD – June 25 – 27 & July 1, LANE RESTRICTION for patching operations from CR 1650 to CR 1220 between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily.

Schuyler County

Route C – June 24 – 25, CLOSED for patching operations from Route CC to Route N between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily.

Route C – June 26, CLOSED for seal coat operations from Route CC to Route N between 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Route C – July 2, CLOSED for seal coat operations from U.S. Route 136 to Route CC between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Route F – July 3, CLOSED for seal coat operations from Missouri Route 136 to Missouri Route 202 between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Route J – July 8, CLOSED for seal coat operations from Quail Avenue to U.S. Route 63 between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Route Y – July 9, CLOSED for seal coat operations from Ranch Avenue to U.S. Route 63 between 7:00 a.m. to 4:00  p.m.

Route CC – June 27, CLOSED for resurfacing operations from Route C to the Iowa state line between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Route CC – July 1, CLOSED for seal coat operations from Route C to the Iowa state line between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Scotland County

Route BB – June 24, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from CR 811 to CR 819 between 7:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Route BB – June 25, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from CR 819 to CR 804 between 7:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Route BB – June 26, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from CR 804 to CR 851 between 7:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Route CC – June 27 & July 1 - 2, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Missouri Route 15 to CR 855 between 7:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.

Route CC – July 3, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from CR 855 to CR 901 between 7:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Shelby County

Missouri Route 168 – July 1 – 2, CLOSED for patching operations from Route Z in Shelby County to Route D between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily

Route C – June 26 – 27, CLOSED for patching operations from Route Z in Shelby County to Missouri Route 168 between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily.

Warren County

I-70 (Eastbound and Westbound) – June 26, LANE RESTRICTION for clean-up following a recent traffic incident 4,800 feet east of Route F overpass at High Hill beginning at 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 26th through 6:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 27th.

 

MAY 2024 MONTHLY JOBS REPORT

Missouri nonfarm payroll employment increased by 5,900 jobs in May 2024, and the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased by one-tenth of a percentage point. Private industry employment increased by 4,000 jobs and government employment increased by 1,900 jobs. Over the year, there was an increase of 82,000 jobs from May 2023 to May 2024, and the unemployment rate increased by six-tenths of a percentage point, from 2.9 percent in May 2023 to 3.5 percent in May 2024.

 

 




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June 21, 2024

 

Red Cross recommends 3 steps to stay safe and cool as temperatures soar

As extreme heat blankets the state of Missouri, the American Red Cross of Central and Northern Missouri is asking residents to take three steps to stay safe: slow down, stay hydrated and spend time indoors.

 

Heat is more than uncomfortable; it can be deadly, especially for older adults, the very young and those with chronic medical conditions. Last year, some 2,300 heat-related deaths occurred. To help stay safe, the Red Cross recommends that people take three steps:

  1. Slow down by postponing or limiting outdoor activities, including strenuous exercise. If you must work outdoors, take frequent breaks and avoid the hottest part of the day by scheduling tasks earlier or later. Hot cars can be deadly — never leave children or pets in your vehicle alone.
  2. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and avoiding sugary, caffeinated and alcoholic drinks. Check that animals also have access to plenty of fresh water and shade.
  3. Spend time indoors in an air-conditioned place. If you don’t have air conditioning, go to a public library, shopping mall or a public cooling center. Call 211 to find an open location. Check on loved ones and neighbors who may be at risk and do not have air conditioning to make sure they are safe.

Unusually hot days and heat waves are both a natural part of weather patterns, however, since the 1960s, heat waves have become more frequent and intense and are lasting longer in the U.S. As the climate crisis worsens, 2023 was the hottest year on record, scientists warn that 2024 could break records for a second year in a row.

 

As heat waves become more common and last longer, heat-related deaths are also on the rise. Heat illness can be prevented, and the Red Cross recommends learning the warning signs and how to help so you can act fast.

 

Heat cramps are an early sign of trouble and include heavy sweating with muscle pains or spasms. To help, move the person to a cooler place and encourage them to drink water or a sports drink. Get medical help if symptoms last longer than an hour or if the person has heart problems.

 

Heat exhaustion is a more severe condition signaled by heavy sweating; cool, pale and clammy skin; a fast or weak pulse; nausea or vomiting; muscle cramps; tiredness or weakness; or a headache, dizziness or passing out. To help, move the person to a cooler place, loosen tight clothing, encourage them to sip water slowly. Use wet cloths, misting or fanning to help cool them off. Get medical help right away if symptoms get worse or last longer than an hour, or if they begin vomiting or acting confused.

 

Heat stroke is a deadly condition that requires immediate medical help. Symptoms include a high body temperature; hot, red, dry or damp skin; a fast or strong pulse; a headache or dizziness; or nausea, confusion and passing out. Call 911 right away if you think someone may have heat stroke. After calling 911, move the person to a cool place, and use wet cloths, misting or fanning to help cool them off. Do not give the person anything to drink.

 

Heat can make anyone ill, but older adults, the very young, pregnant women and those with chronic medical conditions are more at risk. People who work outdoors, have limited personal resources and live in places that lack green spaces are also at higher risk.

 

Download the free Red Cross First Aid app so you’ll know what to do if emergency help is delayed and the free Emergency app for real-time weather alerts and heat safety information. Content is available in English and Spanish with an easy-to-find language selector. Find both apps in smartphone app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps.

 

Elite Tool and Swafford-Kientzy Machine & Fabrication announce expansions in Lincoln County, investing a total of more than $30.25 million and creating 36 new jobs

Elite Tool and Swafford-Kientzy Machine & Fabrication (SKMF) has announced that they will both expand in Lincoln County, investing a combined total of more than $30.25 million and creating a total of 36 new jobs.

Elite Tool, a lean contract manufacturer offering quality manufacturing solutions, will expand at a new location in Moscow Mills, investing $30 million and creating 32 new jobs. The new 120,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility will increase the company’s efficiency and ability to keep up with customer needs. Elite Tool takes pride in community involvement that includes working closely with local high schools and Ranken Technical College. The company is dedicated to helping educate youth about the importance and need for skilled trade jobs.

Swafford-Kientzy Machine & Fabrication (SKMF), an industry leader in machining and custom metal fabrication, will expand in Troy and increase its workforce by 25%. Increased demand for the company’s custom metal work created a need for its expansion and new equipment. Operating with more than 20 years’ experience in the machine and fabrication industry, Swafford-Kientzy Machine & Fabrication (SKMF) offers a variety of products and services to meet customers’ metal needs. The company proudly works with local companies, supports the local schools and FFA programs.

 

Department of Natural Resources awards $2.8 million to Princeton

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has awarded $2.8 million in financial assistance to the city of Princeton for upgrades to its drinking water distribution, storage and treatment systems. The project is expected to total nearly $3.6 million and is anticipated to be completed by October 2025.

Project funding consists of a $1.4 million Drinking Water State Revolving Fund grant, a $1.4 million loan and a $750,000 Community Development Block Grant from the Missouri Department of Economic Development. The funding provided by MoDNR is estimated to save the system’s customers more than $1.4 million in principal and approximately $677,000 in interest over the loan’s 30-year term.

The department’s Drinking Water State Revolving Fund finances improvements to water treatment plants, distribution systems and water storage and supply facilities, along with interconnection or consolidation projects. Communities that borrow from the fund benefit from the below-market interest rate and from assistance provided throughout their project by a project manager.

The department’s Financial Assistance Center is committed to working with communities to assist with water and wastewater infrastructure improvement projects. This project will be funded wholly or in part with monies received from the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency.

 

 

 




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June 20, 2024

 

MAN HURT IN TUESDAY AFTERNOON ACCIDENT

30 year old Austin Glandon of Leslie was hurt in an accident that occurred at 4:50pm Tuesday in Franklin County.  The patrol says that he was on Highway 185 when he fell asleep at the wheel, lost control of his car and it ran off the left side of the road and struck a concrete culvert pipe.  He suffered minor injuries and was taken to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment.

 

TWO SERIOUSLY INJURED IN AUDRAIN COUNTY WRECK

Two Mexico residents were seriously injured in a one-vehicle wreck early Tuesday morning in Audrain County.  MSHP stated that it happened at 4:15am as 26 year old Dayton Cates was on MO 15 when his truck traveled off the right side of the roadway and overturned several times, ejecting the driver and his passenger from the truck.  Both Cates and 19 year old Carlee Abbott were transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries.

 

DRIVER INJURED IN TUESDAY NIGHT MISHAP

A Hannibal man was injured in a Tuesday night mishap in Marion County.  State troopers said that 30 year old Jorden Marshall was on Marion County Road 418 just outside of the Hannibal City Limits when his vehicle traveled off the road, struck a fence and a tree.  He was taken to Hannibal Regional Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

WOMAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN TUESDAY MORNING CRASH

A La Plata woman was seriously injured in a Tuesday morning crash in Macon County.  The highway patrol said it happened at 8:40am as 70 year old Susan Calef was on MO 156 when she swerved to miss a deer, causing her car to run off the road and crash.  She was taken to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries.

 

 




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June 19, 2024

 

DRIVER EXAMINATION STATIONS T0 CLOSE STATEWIDE FOR UPCOMING HOLIDAYS

The Missouri State Highway Patrol would like to remind the public that driver examination stations throughout the state will be closed on the following dates:

Wednesday, June 19 in observance of Juneteenth. Normal operations will resume on Thursday, June 20.

Thursday, July 4 in observance of the July Fourth holiday. Normal operations will resume on Friday, July 5.

 

FIREWORKS SALES TO START IN MISSOURI ON THURSDAY

While the drought conditions that plagued Missouri for over a year have eased, the Division of Fire Safety is urging Missourians to continue to exercise extreme caution if they choose to use consumer fireworks as part of July 4th celebrations. Across the nation, July 4th is not only the busiest day of the year for fireworks; it’s the busiest day of the year for fires.

 

About 40 percent of Independence Day structure fires are the result of fireworks, according to the National Fire Protection Association. About 250 people go to emergency rooms each day with fireworks-related injuries in the month around July 4th. Fireworks start an average of 18,500 fires a year.

 

Fireworks sales at licensed seasonal retailers are legal in Missouri from June 20 to July 10. Through June 16, the Division of Fire Safety had issued 1,133 permits to seasonal fireworks retailers.

 

Missourians who choose to use consumer fireworks should follow these safety tips:

Confirm fireworks are legal where you live; only purchase fireworks from licensed retailers.

Only use fireworks in a large open space that has been cleared of flammable materials.

Always keep young children away from fireworks; if teens are permitted to handle fireworks, they should be closely supervised by an adult; always wear eye protection.

Make sure to have a garden hose or a bucket of water nearby in case of a fire.

Only light fireworks one at a time; never try to re-light fireworks that have malfunctioned.

Dispose of fireworks by soaking them in water and leaving them in a trash can.

Never shoot fireworks off from a glass jar or container.

Never use fireworks while consuming alcohol.

Never store fireworks from season to season.

 

DFS conducts safety inspections at fireworks retailers, including checking to make sure they sell only legally-permitted consumer fireworks, that they have at least two exits, are equipped with fire extinguishers, and that fireworks tents have been treated with fire retardant chemicals.

 

For questions or concerns about firework safety, firework rules, or firework dealers can contact the Division of Fire Safety at (573) 751-2930. More fireworks safety tips are available at https://dfs.dps.mo.gov/safetytips/fireworks-safety.php.

 

MOBERLY POLICE DEPARTMENT NEWS

The following incidents/arrests were investigated by the Moberly Police Department between the hours of 7am on 6/14/24 and 7am 6/17/24.

 

On June 6, 2024, Moberly Officers took a report of a vehicle theft in the 100 block of Sparks Ave. A video of the suspect was observed, and Officers continued their investigation. On June 16, Officers arrested a 46-year-old man for outstanding warrants. The man admitted to stealing the vehicle and told Officer’s where he parked it. The Macon County Sheriff’s Office later recovered the vehicle near Excello.

 

On June 14, 2024, a Moberly Officer investigated a harassment involving an 80-year-old Salisbury man and two juveniles. The man was placed under arrest for harassment and later released with pending charges.

 

On June 14, 2024, Moberly Officers contacted 55-year-old Robert Dyer in the 700 block of Bueth Road in reference to having multiple felony warrants. Dyer was placed under arrest and transported to the Randolph County Jail.

 

On June 15, 2024, Moberly Officers responded to the 1700 block of Louisa Lane in reference to a possible burglary in progress. A 59-year-old Moberly man was later located and placed under arrest for a violation of an order of protection. The man was transported to the Randolph County Jail.

 

On June 15, 2024, a Moberly Officer observed a vehicle being operated poorly near the intersection of Rollins and Bedford St. The 19-year-old operator was placed under arrest for driving while intoxicated. The man was later released with a pending court date.

 

On June 16, 2024, a Moberly Officer observed 46-year-old Jessy Cross walking near Bratcher’s. The officer knew Cross to have multiple felony warrants for his arrest. After a brief foot pursuit, Cross was taken into custody. Cross was later transported to the Randolph County Sheriff's Office.

 

On June 16, 2024, Moberly Officers responded to a residence on Tydings Ter in reference to an assault. Officers contacted 22-year-old Xavier Brown and he was placed under arrest for domestic assault. Brown was later transported to the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office.

 

 




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June 18, 2024

 

MODOT HIRING MAINTENANCE WORKERS IN NEW FLORENCE, TROY AND WARRENTON

The Missouri Department of Transportation Northeast District Office will host several job fairs to hire Maintenance Workers. These events will be from 10 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on the following dates at the MoDOT Maintenance Facilities below:

 

MoDOT offers full training and benefits including medical insurance, paid annual and sick leave, educational assistance, paid holidays and more. 

MoDOT is a diverse workplace dedicated to safety and personal and professional development.

 

Applicant information:

 

 

To learn more about all open MoDOT career positions, or to apply, go to www.modot.org/careers.

 

GOV. PARSON HIGHLIGHTS SUCCESS OF MISSOURI’S SOUTHERN BORDER DEPLOYMENT

Last Thursday, as Executive Order 24-03 expires, Governor Mike Parson highlighted the successful conclusion of Missouri's months-long Southern Border Deployment in support of Texas Governor Greg Abbott's Operation Lone Star mission to secure the Texas-Mexico Border. On February 20, 2024, Governor Parson issued Executive Order 24-03 activating up to 200 Missouri National Guard (MONG) members and 22 Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) troopers to support Texas' border security operations. 

"We express our sincere appreciation to our MONG and MSHP members who answered the call to help secure the Southern Border and stop illegal drugs and immigrants pouring into our nation," Governor Parson said. "The mission has been a resounding success, significantly reducing daily illegal-immigrant encounters near Eagle Pass and seizing millions of lethal doses of fentanyl. Missouri personnel undoubtedly helped better secure the border and make our communities safer. For now, we welcome our men and women in uniform home and congratulate them on a job well done."

"We also greatly appreciate Governor Abbott for leading this charge. Every state is a border state, but thanks to Governor Abbott leading where President Biden and the federal government have failed, the rest of the nation can rest a little easier knowing their Republican Governors are fighting to help keep them safe. Should Governor Abbott and the State of Texas call on Missouri again, we are prepared to answer," Governor Parson continued. 

"I thank Governor Parson for standing with Texas and sending personnel to join our historic border security mission, Operation Lone Star. When Texas was standing alone to hold the line at the border, he delivered," Texas Governor Greg Abbott said. "Missouri National Guard soldiers and law enforcement officers stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Texas National Guard soldiers and Texas Department of Public Safety troopers to secure the border; stop the smuggling of drugs, weapons, and people into our country; and prevent, detect, and interdict transnational criminal activity between ports of entry. As Missouri National Guard soldiers and law enforcement officers return home to the Show-Me State, know that their efforts made our communities, and our country safer."

To date, with the help of Missouri and other states across the country, the multi-agency Operation Lone Star effort has apprehended over 513,100 illegal immigrants and arrested more than 43,700 criminals, with more than 38,400 felony charges. In the fight against the fentanyl crisis, law enforcement has seized over 488 million lethal doses of fentanyl—enough to kill every man, woman, and child in the United States and Mexico combined—during the border mission.

MONG soldiers were stationed near Eagles Pass, Texas, and were directly involved in reducing daily illegal-immigrant encounters from more than 4,000 to less than 300. MONG soldiers also assisted in the capture of five individuals on the terrorist watch list. 

Recapping Missouri's Southern Border Operations:

Missouri National Guard:

Since March 15, approximately 50 soldiers from the 138th Infantry Regiment, 110th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade have been serving side by side with soldiers from the Texas Army National Guard. Now, MONG soldiers have begun their out-processing in preparation to return to their traditional status in Missouri.

MONG soldiers maintained 24-hour security surveillance operations, with each soldier working shifts alongside Texas Guardsmen. This allowed for soldier safety and operational efficiency. Routine calls for service included detecting undocumented migrants coming across the border, helping turn back undocumented migrants to Mexico, and assisting with surrenders. Soldiers routinely intercepted undocumented migrants on foot and in vehicles and observed them until U.S. Customs & Border Protection officers responded to take custody and process. 

MONG soldiers worked daily with their Texas National Guard counterparts and Border Patrol to expand their presence and deter migrant activity within their sixty square miles area of operations on the Rio Grande River, near Eagle Pass, Texas.

In addition to their surveillance operation duties, Missouri soldiers assisting Texas Army National Guard members in the area of the U.S. border provided assistance with the following encounters:

Undocumented Migrant Surrenders - 2,400

Undocumented Migrant Detections & Turn Backs - 1,000

Missouri State Highway Patrol Border Deployment:

On March 1, 2024, 11 MSHP troopers traveled to southern Texas to assist the Texas DPS in providing law enforcement services in the area of the U.S. border. The team briefed at the Texas DPS South Region Office (3) in Weslaco, Texas, on March 3 and reported to its first assigned shift on March 4. This team continued to serve in the border area until March 30, 2024.

On March 30, 2024, a second contingent of 11 Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) troopers traveled to southern Texas to assist Texas DPS in providing law enforcement services in the area of the U.S. border. The team briefed at the Texas DPS South Region Office (3) in Weslaco, Texas, on April 1 and reported to its first assigned shifts on April 2.

From March 3 through April 15, MSHP troopers assisting Texas DPS troopers in the area of the U.S. border provided assistance with the following incidents/encounters:  

Traffic Stops – 1,432     

Undocumented Migrants – 519

Undocumented Migrant Turn-Backs – 61

Impaired Driver and Drug Arrests – 69 

Other Law Enforcement Assists – 105

 

BROOKFIELD LICENSE OFFICE SET TO TEMPORARILY CLOSE AUGUST 1

The Missouri Department of Revenue has announced the temporary closing of the license office in Brookfield, Missouri, located at 223 N Main Street, Brookfield, Mo., 64628. The last day of operations will be Wednesday, July 31, 2024.

 

The Department encourages customers to visit one of the following nearby locations to receive assistance with their motor vehicle and driver licensing needs:

 

 

A full list of license office locations and hours of operation can be found at
dor.mo.gov/license-office-locator/
.

 

 

 




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June 17, 2024

 

PLANNED ROADWORK FOR NORTHEAST MISSOURI

The following is a list of general highway maintenance work the Missouri Department of Transportation has planned in the Northeast Missouri region for the next few weeks.

All road closures and planned roadwork may be viewed on the Traveler Information Map at http://traveler.modot.org/map/.

Inclement weather may cause schedule changes in some of the planned work. There may also be moving operations throughout the region, in addition to the work mentioned below.

Audrain County

Missouri Route 15 - June 17, LANE RESTRICTION for core drilling operations from Love Street to Robinson Street between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. A 10-foot width restriction will be in place where crews are actively working.

Missouri Route 15 – June 17, LANE RESTRICTION for core drilling operations from U.S. Business Route 54/Green Boulevard to Route D between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. An 11-foot width restriction will be in place where crews are actively working.

U.S. Business Route 54 – June 17, LANE RESTRICTION for core drilling operations from East Liberty Street to Huntington Field Road between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. A 10-foot width restriction will be in place where crews are actively working.

U.S. Route 54/Missouri Route 19 - June 18, LANE RESTRICTION for milling operations from Route K to East 4th Street in Laddonia between 7:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. A 13-foot width restriction will be in place where crews are actively working.

Route W – June 24 – July 17, CLOSED for City of Vandalia sewer project from East Washington Street to East State Street beginning on Monday, June 24th at 7:00 a.m. and ending on Wednesday, July 17th at 6:00 p.m.

Lewis County

Route DD – June 17 – 18 & 24 – 25, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Missouri Route 6 to 230th Street between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily.

Macon County

U.S. Route 36 (Eastbound) – June 25 - 27, LANE RESTRICTION for patching operations from U.S. Business Route 36 to Nashville Avenue between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.  A 14-foot width restriction will be in place where crews are actively working daily.

Route J – June 24, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Missouri Route 129 in Linn County to Alpine Avenue in Macon County between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Route AX – June 17 – 18 & 20, LANE RESTRICTION bridge maintenance from 0.25 mile before and after the East Fork Little Chariton River bridge between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. A 10-foot width restriction will be in place where crews are actively working daily.

Marion County

Route C – June 26 – 27, CLOSED for patching operations from Route Z in Shelby County to Missouri Route 168 between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily.

Route K – June 17, CLOSED for patching operations from U.S. Route 36 to Route C between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Route K – June 18, CLOSED for patching operations from U.S. Route 36 to Route C between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Route K – June 24 - 25, CLOSED for patching operations from U.S. Route 36 to Route C between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily.

Route Z – June 26, LANE RESTRICTION for patching operations from U.S. Route 36 to Route C between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Route DD – June 16, CLOSED for seal coat operations from U.S. Route 36 to end of Route DD between 6:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Route DD – June 17, CLOSED for seal coat operations from U.S. Route 36 to end of Route DD between 7:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.

Monroe County

Route A – June 27, CLOSED for patching operations from U.S. Route 24 to Route J between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Route F – June 24 – 26 CLOSED for patching operations from Route A to Missouri Route 15 between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily.

Montgomery County

Route FF – June 24 – 27, CLOSED for patching operations from Route E to end of state maintenance between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily.

Pike County

Route AD – June 17, CLOSED for seal coat operations from Route YY to CR 130 between 7:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

Route TT – June 17, CLOSED for patching operations from Missouri Route 79 to CR 165 between 7:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.

Route VV – June 17, CLOSED for seal coat operations from Route UU to CR 132 between 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Route YY – June 17, CLOSED for seal coat operations from Missouri Route 79 to CR 123 between 7:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

Ralls County

U.S. Route 61 (Northbound) – June 18, LANE RESTRICTION for bridge maintenance at the Salt River bridge from U.S. Business Route 61 to Route O between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Route E – June 20, CLOSED for seal coat operations from Missouri Route 79 to end of state maintenance between 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.

Route Y – June 24, CLOSED for seal coat operations from Missouri Route 19 to Missouri Route 154 between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Route HH – June 17 – 18, CLOSED for seal coat operations from U.S. Route 61 to Route H between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily.

Route ZZ – June 20, CLOSED for seal coat operations from U.S. Route 61 Outer Road to Bailey Bridge Road between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Randolph County

Route J – June 17 – 18, 20 & 24 - 25, LANE RESTRICTION for patching operations from U.S. Route 63 to CR 1870 between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 daily.

Route DD – June 26 - 27, LANE RESTRICTION for patching operations from CR 1650 to CR 1220 between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily.

Schuyler County

Route C – June 20 & 24 – 25, CLOSED for patching operations from Route CC to Route N between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily.

Route C – June 26, CLOSED for seal coat operations from Route CC to Route N between 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Route C – July 2, CLOSED for seal coat operations from U.S. Route 136 to Route CC between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Route M – June 17, CLOSED for resurfacing operations from Missouri Route 202 to the Iowa state line between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Route M – June 18, CLOSED for seal coat operations from Missouri Route 202 to the Iowa state line between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Route CC – June 27, CLOSED for resurfacing operations from Route C to the Iowa state line between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Route CC – July 1, CLOSED for seal coat operations from Route C to the Iowa state line between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Route CC – July 11, CLOSED for seal coat operations from Route C to the Iowa state line between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Scotland County

Route BB – June 24, CLOSED culvert replacement operations from CR 811 to CR 819 between 7:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Route BB – June 25, CLOSED culvert replacement operations from CR 819 to CR 804 between 7:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Route BB – June 26, CLOSED culvert replacement operations from CR 804 to CR 851 between 7:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Route CC – June 27, CLOSED culvert replacement operations from Missouri Route 15 to CR 855 between 7:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Shelby County

Route T – June 20, CLOSED for seal coat operations from Missouri Route 168 to U.S. Route 36 between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Route T – June 24, CLOSED for seal coat operations from U.S. Route 36 to Route AA between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Route U – June 18, CLOSED for seal coat operations from Missouri Route 15 to CR 160 between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Route AA – June 17, CLOSED for seal coat operations from Route T to Missouri Route 15 between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

 

US ROUTE 65 BRIDGE CLEARANCE REDUCTION IN CHILLICOTHE

Beginning Monday at 6 a.m., the clearance under the U.S. Route 65 Bridge over U.S. Route 36 in Chillicothe will temporarily be lowered to 14 feet, 6 inches. Magruder Paving, LLC, working with the Missouri Department of Transportation, will be moving traffic in near the median of U.S. Route 36 under the bridge, reducing the height in both directions, to complete concrete repairs. Traffic
will be moved to the median shoulder of the passing (left) lane, both
directions, beneath the U.S. Route 65 bridge until Friday afternoon,
July 12, when the bridge clearance will return to normal.

Drivers of over height loads may use the off/on ramps at U.S. Route 65
to navigate around the temporary restriction. Message boards and signage
will be in place, both directions, to alert travelers. A 10-foot width
restriction will be in place. All work for the resurfacing and pavement
improvement project is expected to be complete by the end of July.
All work is weather-permitting, and schedules are subject to change.

DRUG BUST IN CHILLICOTHE

On Monday June 10 at approximately 4:35pm Chillicothe Police Department, Livingston County Sheriff’s Office, and Missouri State Highway Patrol assisted the Northwest Missouri Drug Task Force with a Search Warrant in the 1000 Block of Cherry Street, Chillicothe resulting in the seizure of a substantial amount of Narcotics and Drug Paraphernalia.

 

As a result, a 36-year-old male was arrested for Drug Trafficking, and transported to Caldwell County Detention Center and held on a $500,000.00 cash only bond.

 

The Chillicothe Police Department is working closely with the Northwest Missouri Drug Task Force in efforts to dismantle drug networks and bring offenders to justice. They encourage anyone with information pertaining to criminal activities to come forward and assist them in their efforts to maintain a safe and secure Community.

 

Community cooperation is essential in their efforts to maintain a safe and secure environment for all residents. Anonymous tips can be submitted via 660-646-2121 or through their website at https://www.chillicothecity.org/police-department/webforms/crime-tips.

 


 




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June 14, 2024

 

MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN AUDRAIN COUNTY ACCIDENT

A Mexico man was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at 7:20am Wednesday in Audrain County.  The patrol says that 35 year old Michael Blankenship was on MO 15 when he failed to negotiate a right turn onto Audrain County Road 355 and his vehicle skidded off the road and struck a creek embankment.  He was taken to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries.

 

WOMAN INJURED IN WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON WRECK

24 year old Kassondra Potter of Troy was injured in a one-vehicle wreck Wednesday afternoon in Lincoln County.  The highway patrol said that it happened at 12:15pm as she was on Route J when she fell asleep, causing her car to travel off the right side of the roadway, returned to the road and went off the left side, struck the ground, became airborne and overturned.  She was transported by ambulance to SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital in Lake St. Louis for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

TWO HURT IN WEDNESDAY NIGHT INCIDENT

A man and a woman from Centralia were hurt in a Wednesday night incident in Audrain County.  MSHP stated that a truck driven by 51 year old George Hardy was stopped in traffic on MO 22 when it was struck in the rear by an SUV driven by 51 year old Patricia Watson-Adams of Mexico.  George Hardy sustained moderate injuries while his passenger 53 year old Tonya Hardy suffered minor injuries.  Both were taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.  The incident happened at 5:10pm Wednesday.

 

GOVERNOR PARSON BREAKS GROUND ON HISTORIC IMPROVE I-70 PROJECT IN COLUMBIA

On Thursday, Governor Mike Parson kicked off the first project within Missouri's Improve I-70 Program with an official groundbreaking ceremony in Columbia. Governor Parson joined federal, state, and local elected officials along with members of the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission and its Design-Build contractor team to break ground on Project #1: Columbia to Kingdom City.

“Today’s groundbreaking is a momentous occasion not only because we’re kicking off our historic Improve I-70 project, but it’s a culmination of the bold infrastructure initiatives we’ve prioritized since day one,” Governor Parson said. “I-70 is one of Missouri’s oldest and most vital corridors. The safety and economic prosperity of Missourians depend on an interstate that grows along with the state and nation. Expanding I-70 to six lanes has been talked about in Jefferson City for decades, but our administration, in working with Senator Lincoln Hough and the General Assembly, is taking action and getting it done. We could not be more proud that the work we’re commemorating here today will continue serving Missourians for generations to come.”

“Today’s I-70 groundbreaking kicks off a historic, once-in-a-generation investment that will benefit Missouri businesses, commuters, and tourists alike for decades to come," Senator Lincoln Hough, Missouri Senate Appropriations Chair, said. "I was happy to lead this project’s development in the General Assembly and work with Governor Parson to lead the nation in large scale infrastructure development. Expanding I-70 to six lanes has been needed for decades. It has been talked about for decades. Today, decades of talk turns to action. This project is pro-infrastructure, pro-business, pro-jobs, and, above all, pro-Missouri. We thank Governor Parson for being a leader in strengthening Missouri’s infrastructure as we look forward to continuing the strong foundation he has built on behalf of all Missourians.”

Missouri’s FY2024 budget from the General Assembly, signed into law by Governor Parson, provides $2.8 billion in General Revenue for the costs to build a third lane in each direction on nearly 200 miles of I-70, from Blue Springs to Wentzville. This first project, Improve I-70: Columbia to Kingdom City, is a $405 million fixed-cost contract that will add an additional lane to I-70 in each direction between U.S. Route 63 in Columbia and Route 54 in Kingdom City. The project also incorporates $123 million in previously programmed MoDOT projects to improve the I-70 interchanges at both Route 63 and Route 54.

“Thank you to the Governor and the General Assembly for their support in of this generational investment of I-70 for Missouri’s future,” said Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission Chairman W. Dustin Boatwright. “Today’s event in Columbia is just the first step to transform I-70 across the state. While we celebrate today, we are actively working on the next bid package, and we look forward completion of the entire I-70 corridor by late 2030.”

The planned improvements for Project#1: Columbia to Kingdom City from the Design-Build contractor Millstone Weber and its designer Jacobs Inc. also include new concrete pavement on all three lanes of I-70 in each direction of the project. Additionally, throughout construction two lanes of travel will be available in both directions of I-70 during peak hours. Construction of this project is set to begin in July 2024 with an anticipated completion in late 2027.

Those interested in details regarding Project #1 can sign up for project e-mails and view the designs at https://www.modot.org/improvei70/columbiakingdomcity. For more information, call MoDOT at 888-ASK-MODOT (275-6636) or visit www.modot.org. To receive the latest statewide news and text alerts, signup for e-updates.

 

 




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June 13, 2024

 

PARIS WOMAN ARRESTED FOR FINANCIAL EXPLOITATION, STEALING AND FORGERY

The Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control announces the arrest of Jessica A. Chase, 45, of Paris. Chase was arrested on June 10, 2024, for six counts of financial exploitation of an elder/disabled person, six counts of forgery, seven counts of filing false documents, 12 counts of felony stealing, two counts of fraudulent use of a credit/debit device, and one count of money laundering. Chase’s arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by the Troop B Criminal Investigations Unit of the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control.

On February 15, 2024, Monroe County Sheriff Joe Colston requested the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control investigate allegations of theft committed by a former Monroe County elected official, Jessica Chase. At the conclusion of an exhaustive investigation, on June 10, 2024, Chase was arrested by members of the Missouri State Highway Patrol for an active Monroe County arrest warrant. This arrest followed formal charges being issued by the Monroe County Prosecuting Attorney. Chase is currently being held in the Monroe County Jail, on a $150,000.00 cash only bond.  

 

MSHP COMPLETES 2024 ANNUAL SCHOOL BUS INSPECTIONS

Colonel Eric T. Olson, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, announces the results of the Driver and Vehicle Safety Division’s 2024 annual school bus inspection program.

Missouri’s 2024 school bus inspection results are as follows:

School buses rated as “approved” upon initial inspection -- 10,055
School buses rated as “defective” upon initial inspection -- 895
School buses rated as “out-of-service” upon initial inspection -- 410

Buses with identified defective components require repair within 10 days. Buses placed out-of-service require correction of the component(s), and reinspection and a return to service by Patrol personnel prior to further usage in transporting passengers.

A total of 262 Missouri school districts earned the Patrol’s Total Fleet Excellence award for 2024. During the 2024-2025 school year, 4,931 buses in these award-winning fleets are eligible to display the Patrol’s Total Fleet Excellence sticker in the lower corner of the first window on the passenger entry side of the bus.

“Through the unified effort of Missouri State Highway Patrol personnel and pupil transportation professionals statewide, the successful inspection of 11,360 school buses occurred in accordance with Missouri revised state statutes,” said Colonel Olson. “The Patrol, Missouri schools, and private pupil transportation companies share the common goal of keeping our schoolchildren safe while they travel on school buses.”

Missouri school bus inspection results are a matter of public record. Individual school district results for 2024 are available at

https://apps.mshp.dps.mo.gov/MSHPWeb/PatrolDivisions/DVSD/MVI/documents/2024AnnualSchoolBusInspectionResults.pdf


School bus inspection criteria, including Missouri State Highway Patrol out-of-service criteria are available at

https://apps.mshp.dps.mo.gov/MSHPWeb/PatrolDivisions/DVSD/MVI/FormsBrochures.html

 

STATE CARRIED OUT SENTENCE OF DAVID HOSIER

Governor Mike Parson confirmed that the State of Missouri has carried out the sentence of David Hosier on Tuesday as ordered by the Supreme Court of Missouri.

"Ms. Angela Gilpin had her life stolen by David Hosier because he could not accept it when she ended their romantic involvement. He displays no remorse for his senseless violence," Governor Parson said. "For these heinous acts, Hosier earned maximum punishment under the law. I cannot imagine the pain experienced by Angela’s and Rodney’s loved ones but hope that carrying out Hosier’s sentence according to the Court’s order brings closure."

Hosier murdered Angela and Rodney Gilpin at their apartment in Jefferson City, Missouri, in a jealous rage. Hosier, with a decades-long history of violence against women, would not let Angela reconcile with Rodney, stalking and harassing her for weeks before murdering her and her husband. Hosier then fled but was apprehended with the help of law enforcement in Oklahoma to answer for his crimes. Although Hosier did not receive an additional conviction for murdering Rodney, the jury in Angela’s trial determined that Hosier murdered both victims as it related to Hosier’s sentence. No court has ever found any error in Hosier’s case.

 

 




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June 12, 2024

 

MISSOURI TO OBSERVE SUMMER SAFETY DAY ON WEDNESDAY

As summer weather arrives, Missourians are reminded to be aware of the dangers posed by extreme heat and humidity and take precautions as they spend more time outdoors.

 

“Extreme heat and humidity are dangerous seasonal hazards in Missouri that can place a lot of stress on the body, especially for more vulnerable groups like children, the elderly and those with pre-existing medical conditions,” State Emergency Management Agency Director Jim Remillard said. “It’s important for Missourians to learn about these risks in advance and know how to protect themselves to stay safe and healthy.”

 

To help Missourians prepare, the state will observe Summer Safety Day on Wednesday, June 12. SEMA and the National Weather Service (NWS) encourage all Missourians to pay attention to local forecasts and plan accordingly when activities are outside. Humidity can amplify the feeling of heat measured by a heat index, so it is especially important to keep a close eye on friends and family and know the signs of heat-related illnesses.

 

Remember, never leave a child or pet alone in a vehicle. Even on a cooler day, the temperature inside a vehicle can rise by 20 degrees in 10 minutes and pose a real threat to anyone left inside. Stress, distraction and being out of a normal routine can all contribute to forgetting a child in a car seat. Always “look before you lock” and check the back seat each time you exit your vehicle.

 

Remember these other safety tips to protect yourself and your family during the summer heat:

If the weather forecast calls for heat and humidity, limit outdoor exposure.

Drink plenty of water and limit intake of alcoholic beverages.

Eat light, well-balanced meals at regular intervals.

If left outside, make sure your pet has plenty of fresh water and access to shade.

Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothes that cover as much skin as possible.

Wear a wide-brimmed hat to protect your face and head. Use at least SPF 30 sunscreen.

Avoid strenuous work during the warmest part of the day. Use the buddy system when working in extreme heat and take frequent breaks.

If you do not have air conditioning, consider spending the warmest part of the day in public buildings such as libraries, schools, movie theaters, shopping malls or other community facilities. Find a nearby cooling center near you here.

Check on family, friends and neighbors who may not have air conditioning or spend much of their time alone.

Be aware of medications that may impair the body's response to heat, including antihistamines, tranquilizers and some medications for heart disease.

For interviews or additional information on summer weather safety, please contact your local NWS office:

St. Louis: (636) 441-8467

Kansas City: (816) 540-6021

Springfield: (417) 869-4491

Paducah, Ky.: (270) 744-6440

Memphis, Tenn.: (901) 544-0401

Davenport, Iowa: (563) 388-0672

 

MAN KILLED IN MONDAY AFTERNOON HEAD-ON COLLISION

A man was killed while a woman was seriously injured in a head-on collision that occurred at 1pm Monday in Shelby County.  The patrol says that 39 year old Kim Willis of Georgetown, IL was northbound in the southbound lane of MO 151 two miles North of Clarence when his car struck a truck driven by 27 year old Kaytlyn Mefford of Clarence head-on.  Willis was pronounced dead at the scene while Mefford was transported by Air Evac to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries.

 

WOMAN HURT IN EARLY TUESDAY MORNING ACCIDENT

A woman was hurt in an accident that happened at 1am Tuesday in Macon County.  The highway patrol said that 44 year old Geneva Perez-Nuez of Fort Riley, KS was on US 36 when her car struck a deer in the roadway.  She was taken to Samaritan Hospital in Macon for treatment of minor injuries. 

 

 




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June 11, 2024

 

MAN INJURED IN FRANKLIN COUNTY ACCIDENT

A St. Charles man was injured in an accident that occurred at 4pm Sunday in Franklin County.  The patrol says that 78 year old Kurt Braune was on Route OO and driving too fast for conditions when he failed to negotiate a left turn, overcorrected, traveled off the right side of the roadway and went down an embankment.  He was transported by ambulance to St. Clair Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

WOMAN HURT IN SUNDAY MORNING WRECK

A woman was hurt in a two-vehicle wreck Sunday morning in Franklin County.  The highway patrol said it happened at around 10:35am as 69 year old Deborah Hawkins of Sullivan slowed for a bump in the road on the North Outer Road of Westbound I-44 when her car was struck in the rear by a truck being driven by 26 year old Matthew Young of St. Clair who was driving too fast for the wet road conditions as he attempted to slow down or stop upon sight of her car but was unable to do so due to the wet road conditions.  Hawkins sustained moderate injuries and was taken to Missouri Baptist Hospital in Sullivan for treatment.

 

THREE TEENS INJURED IN SUNDAY NIGHT CRASH

Three Hannibal teens were injured in a Sunday night crash in Marion County.  State troopers stated that 18 year old Austin Wilhoit was on Marion County Road 337 when he lost control and his vehicle ran off the left side of the road, overturned and came to rest on its top.  Wilhoit along with his two passengers 19 year old Hayden Sims and 19 year old Mason Wasson were taken to Hannibal Regional Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries.  The crash happened at 6:15pm Sunday.

 

 




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June 10, 2024

 

TWO INJURED IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY ACCIDENT

A woman and a man from Montgomery City were injured in an accident that occurred at 4:35am Saturday in Montgomery County.  The patrol says that 42 year old Ellen Schulze was on Route V when she fell asleep at the wheel, causing her SUV to travel off the left side of the road and struck a concrete culvert.  She suffered minor injuries, while her passenger 45 year old Joshua Schulze sustained moderate injuries.  Both were taken to SSM Health St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis for treatment.

 

DRIVER SERIOUSLY INJURED IN FRIDAY NIGHT WRECK

26 year old Gabriel Gonzalez of Foley was seriously injured in a one-vehicle wreck Friday night in Lincoln County.  The highway patrol said it happened at 11:30pm Friday as he was on Old Highway 79 when he failed to negotiate a curve and his car began to skid and ran off the left side of the road.  He was airlifted by Arch Helicopter to Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis with serious injuries.

 

WOMAN HURT IN SATURDAY MORNING CRASH

A St. Louis woman was hurt in a Saturday morning crash in Warren County.  MSHP stated that 26 year old Arin Barbarick was eastbound on I-70 when her car began to skid on the wet roadway, traveled off the right side and overturned.  She was taken to SSM Health St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis for treatment of moderate injuries.  The crash happened at 6:55am Saturday.

 

 




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June 6, 2024

 

TWO INJURED IN GASCONADE COUNTY ACCIDENT

Two drivers were injured in an accident that occurred at 3pm Tuesday in Gasconade County.  The patrol says that 49 year old Alvin Phillips of Marshall was on US 50 when he swerved to miss an eastbound vehicle that was traveling in the westbound lane, causing his truck to travel off the left side of the roadway, returned to the road, crossed the center line and then struck an eastbound truck driven by 52 year old Pamela Reid of Rosebud.  Both were taken to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment of minor injuries.

 

WOMAN HURT IN TUESDAY AFTERNOON CRASH

A woman was hurt in a Tuesday afternoon crash in Jefferson County.  The highway patrol said that 66 year old Cindy Morrow of Barnhart was driving north on the southbound shoulder of Old Highway 21 preparing to make a u-turn on the northbound shoulder in her driveway as a car driven by 54 year old William Spikes of Barnhart was southbound on Old Highway 21 when she made the u-turn and the front of his car struck the left side of her car.  After impact her car ran off the right side of the roadway.  Morrow sustained moderate injuries and was taken to Mercy Hospital South for treatment.  The crash happened at 2:30pm Tuesday.

 

GET HOOKED ON FISHING WITH MDC FREE FISHING DAYS ON SATURDAY & SUNDAY

Want some free fun that gets family and friends outside in nature? Get hooked on fishing with the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Free Fishing Days June 8 and 9. During Free Fishing Days, anyone may fish in the Show-Me State without having to buy a fishing permit, trout permit, or trout park daily tag.

Free Fishing Days is an annual MDC event that takes place statewide during the Saturday and Sunday following the first Monday in June.

Aside from not needing permits, other fishing regulations remain in effect, such as limits on size and number of fish an angler may keep. Special permits may still be required at some county, city, or private fishing areas. Trespass laws remain in effect on private property.

Conservation makes Missouri a great place to fish, and Free Fishing Days encourages people to sample Missouri’s abundant fishing opportunities. Missouri has more than a million acres of surface water, and most of it provides great fishing. More than 200 different fish species are found in Missouri, with more than 20 of them being game fish for the state's more than 1.1 million anglers.

For information on Missouri fishing regulations, fish identification, and more, get a copy of MDC’s 2024 Summary of Missouri Fishing Regulations, available where permits are sold, or online at mdc.mo.gov/about-us/about-regulations/summary-missouri-fishing-regulations.

Want to learn to fish? MDC’s Discover Nature – Fishing Program provides a series of free lessons throughout the state. All fishing gear is provided. Learn more at mdc.mo.gov/fishing/discover-nature-fishing.

Need fishing gear? MDC works with numerous libraries and other locations around the state to loan fishing gear for free. Loaner gear includes fishing poles and simple tackle box with hooks, sinkers, and bobbers. Worms, minnows, or other bait are not provided. Find MDC Rod and Reel Loaner Program locations at mdc.mo.gov/fishing/get-started-fishing/rod-reel-loaner-locations.

MDC’s free MO Fishing app can help anglers find the best places to fish in Missouri, access regulation information, identify fish by species, and more. Anglers can also buy, store, and show fishing permits right on their mobile devices. MO Fishing is available for download through Google Play for Android devices or the App Store for Apple devices. Learn more at mdc.mo.gov/contact-engage/mobile-apps/mo-fishing.

 

 




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June 5, 2024

 

TEEN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY ACCIDENT

A teen was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at 7:55pm Monday in Montgomery County.  The patrol says that 58 year old Alfa Brockelman of Salina, KS was eastbound on I-70 when he was coming to a stop due to congestion caused by a crash already on the roadway when his tractor trailer was struck in the rear by a truck driven by 19 year old Ronin Picker of Moscow Mills.  Picker was taken to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries.

 

ONE KILLED, TWO INJURED IN MONDAY MORNING WRECK

One person was killed, while two others were injured in a two-vehicle wreck Monday morning in Cooper County.  The highway patrol said it happened at 9:40am as 37 year old Nicole Wilson of Kirksville was on Route J when her vehicle crossed the center line and struck a truck driven by 41 year old Jonathan Kuschel of Tipton.  After impact the truck traveled partially off the north side of the road and came to rest facing south, while her vehicle went off the south side and came to rest facing south.  Nicole Wilson was pronounced dead at the scene, while Kuschel sustained moderate injuries and also a passenger in Wilson’s vehicle 43 year old Amanda Zingarelli of Columbia suffered minor injuries.  Both were taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.

 

DRIVER SERIOUSLY INJURED IN EARLY SUNDAY MORNING CRASH

24 year old Brook McEwen of Macon was seriously injured in an early Sunday morning crash in Macon County.  State troopers stated that she was on Route PP when her car ran off the right side of the roadway and overturned.  She was airlifted by Air Evac to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries.  The crash happened at 12:30am Sunday.

 

 




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June 4, 2024

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT REPORT

On Friday, May 31 at approximately 12:36PM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 800 block of S Jefferson in reference to a structure fire in a large, two story home. Responding personnel located the fire in an upstairs bedroom as it began to spread into the attic. The fire was contained and extinguished in this area with the bedroom suffering significant fire damage and the areas around the bedroom suffering serious smoke damage and some water damage. Two of the residents were in the downstairs portion of the home at the time. They reported hearing smoke detectors then finding extreme dark smoke in the upstairs portion of the house before calling 9-1-1. It was determined the fire started in an area where numerous electrical items were plugged in and covered by clothing. There were no injuries from the incident.

 

ELECTRIC TERRITORIAL AGREEMENT APPROVED

The Missouri Public Service Commission has approved an electric territorial agreement between Howard Electric Cooperative and the City of Fayette which specifically designates the boundaries of exclusive electric service areas for both electric service providers, within Howard County, within and around the City of Fayette. The territorial agreement does not include an exchange of customers or facilities between Howard Electric Cooperative and the City of Fayette.

 

MDC INVITES THE PUBLIC TO SEVERAL DISCOVER NATURE – FISHING EVENTS IN NORTHEAST MISSOURI

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites the public to learn the skill of fishing this summer.

MDC staff will host two series of Discover Nature – Fishing in northeastern Missouri in the coming months. Each series is comprised of two parts. The first part teaches participants about fishing equipment, casting, fish handling, how to tie a knot, and how to bait a hook. The second part teaches participants about five common Missouri fish, and how to fish with lures. Participants will also learn about fishing regulations.

Part one will be held at the following locations:

June 4 at Hunnewell Hatchery from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Register at http://short.mdc.mo.gov/46H. Hunnewell Hatchery is located at 6503 Hwy Z in Hunnewell.

July 23 at Henry Sever Lake Conservation Area (CA) from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Register at http://short.mdc.mo.gov/46j. Henry Sever Lake CA is located on Hwy KK in Newark.

Participants of the second part of these series must attend the first session prior to attending the second. Part two will be held at the following locations:

June 6 at Hunnewell Hatchery from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Register at http://short.mdc.mo.gov/46C. Hunnewell Hatchery is located at 6503 Hwy Z in Hunnewell.

July 25 at Henry Sever Lake CA from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Register at http://short.mdc.mo.gov/46F. Henry Sever Lake CA is located on Hwy KK in Newark.

Questions about these events can be sent to George Wisdom at George.wisdom@mdc.mo.gov. These events are designed for participants ages 7 and older. Participants will need a valid fishing permit. Purchase permits at http://short.mdc.mo.gov/Z4g.  Learn more about Discover Nature – Fishing at http://short.mdc.mo.gov/Zty.

 

 

 




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June 3, 2024

 

PSC SETS INTERVENTION DEADLINE IN AMEREN MISSOURI CASE

Union Electric Company d/b/a Ameren Missouri has filed an application with the Missouri Public Service Commission seeking a certificate of convenience and necessity (CCN) authorizing Ameren Missouri to construct, install, own, operate, maintain and otherwise control and manage a solar generating facility in Montgomery County to serve as the third program resource for its Community Solar Program.

Applications to intervene and participate in this case must be filed no later than June 13, 2024, with the Secretary of the Missouri Public Service Commission, P.O. Box 360, Jefferson City, Missouri 65102, or by using the Commission’s Electronic Filing and Information System (EFIS) at www.psc.mo.gov .

Individual citizens wishing to comment should contact either the Office of the Public Counsel (Governor Office Building, 200 Madison Street, Suite 650, P.O. Box 2230, Jefferson City, Missouri 65102-2230, telephone 1-866-922-2959, e-mail opcservice@opc.mo.gov) or the Public Service Commission Staff (P.O. Box 360, Jefferson City, Missouri 65102, telephone 1-800-392-4211, e-mail pscinfo@psc.mo.gov). The Office of the Public Counsel is a separate state agency that represents the general public in matters before the Commission.

Ameren Missouri serves approximately 1.2 million electric customers in Missouri.

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT REPORT

On Wednesday, May 29 at approximately 2:04PM, an officer with the Mexico Public Safety Department attempted to stop a white, Ford F-150 in the area of Liberty and Clark Street. The driver refused to stop and a pursuit began. The pursuit went for about two miles before the vehicle left town and began traveling on gravel roads at excessive speeds. Additional MPSD officers, assisted by the Audrain County Sheriff’s Office, located the vehicle and driver, Glenda M Barnes, age 59, at her home. Barnes was arrested without incident, processed at MPSD, and eventually transported to the Audrain County Jail for Driving While Intoxicated (Prior offender), Driving While Revoked, Failing to Yield to Emergency Vehicle, traffic violations, and violations of bond conditions. There were no injuries from the incident.

 

EPA FINES PESTICIDE SELLER IN PARIS, MISSOURI FOR ALLEGEDLY VIOLATING FEDERAL LAW 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) penalized Logan Agri-Service Inc. for allegedly repackaging pesticide products, in violation of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act. The Illinois-based pesticide dealer, which operates a branch in Paris, Missouri, will pay a civil penalty of $74,806.

According to EPA, employees at Logan Agri-Services’ Paris branch were repackaging pesticides from bulk containers into containers provided by customers, without required repackaging agreements from the pesticide manufacturers. Further, Logan Agri-Services failed to obtain a registration number from EPA for its Paris branch in order to produce pesticides at that location.

“Registering pesticide products with EPA helps to ensure that, when used according to label directions, the products will not harm people, non-target species, or the environment,” said Jodi Bruno, acting director of EPA Region 7’s Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Division. “Proper pesticide labeling is critical to protecting public health so consumers are aware of a product’s ingredients, how the product can be safely used, and how the product should be properly stored and disposed.”

Under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, pesticide manufacturers, distributors, and appliers are required to comply with the law’s registration, labeling, packaging, and application regulations.

 

 




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May 31, 2024

 

Patrol: Preliminary Reports Indicate Seven Traffic Fatalities, No Boating Fatalities, & No Drownings Over Memorial Day Weekend

Seven people died in traffic crashes over the 2024 Memorial Day weekend counting period of 6 p.m., Friday, May 24, through 11:59 p.m., Monday, May 27, 2024.

Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers investigated the following over the 2024 Memorial Day holiday weekend:

Traffic Statistics

Crashes -- 275
Injuries -- 161
Fatalities -- 7
DWI -- 128


Boating Statistics

Crashes -- 7
Injuries -- 7
Fatalities -- 0
Drowning -- 0
BWI -- 6

(Note: During the 2023 counting period, the Patrol investigated 287 traffic crashes, which included 117 injuries and 12 of the 13 fatalities. Also, over the 2023 Memorial Day holiday: Marine operations troopers investigated 10 boating crashes, which included no fatalities and two injuries. Troopers made 137 driving while intoxicated arrests and eight boating while intoxicated arrests. No one drowned over the 2023 Memorial Day holiday. Statewide over the 2023 Memorial Day holiday weekend, 13 people died and 403 were injured in 990 traffic crashes. During the 2023 Memorial Day weekend, there were 10 boating crashes which included no fatalities and two injuries. No one drowned over last year’s Memorial Day weekend.)

Troopers investigated all seven of the traffic crash fatalities. Three fatalities occurred in the Troop C, Weldon Spring, MO, area. One fatality occurred in each of the following areas: Troop A, Lee’s Summit, MO, Troop B, Macon, MO, Troop E, Poplar Bluff, MO, and Troop I, Rolla, MO, areas.

 

Governor Parson Places Amendment 1 and Amendment 4 on August Primary Ballot

On Tuesday, Governor Mike Parson announced that Amendment 1 (SJR 26) and Amendment 4 (SJR 38) will be placed on the 2024 August Primary Election ballot. This year's primary election will take place on August 6. 

Both Amendment 1 and Amendment 4 are proposed changes to Missouri's Constitution. A brief summary of each ballot measure is below:

Amendment 1 if approved by the voters, allows the General Assembly to exempt from property tax all real and personal property used primarily for the care of a child outside of his or her home.

Amendment 4 if approved by the voters, provides an exception to allow for a law that increases minimum funding, if increased before December 31, 2026, for a police force established by a state board of police commissioners to ensure they have additional resources to serve their communities.

All other ballot measures are expected on the November General Election ballot, if certified by the Missouri Secretary of State's Office. 

 

 




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May 30, 2024

 

WOMAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN FRANKLIN COUNTY ACCIDENT

A woman was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at 5:20pm Tuesday in Franklin County.  The patrol says that 28 year old Nicole Hendrickson of Catawissa was stopped at the intersection of Missouri Route HH and Missouri Route O when she failed to yield to a truck driven by 41 year old Jonathan Gummers of Robertsville who was eastbound on Missouri Route O and his truck struck her car and after impact her car went off the road into the woods.  She was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital South with serious injuries.

 

DRIVER HURT IN TUESDAY MORNING WRECK

43 year old Brian Schaefer of St. Charles was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Tuesday morning in Warren County.  MSHP stated that he was on the MO 47 off ramp from eastbound I-70 when he failed to observe traffic ahead and steered to the right, causing his truck to travel into an electric traffic control box and became disabled on the concrete island.  He was taken to SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital in Lake St. Louis for treatment of moderate injuries.  The wreck happened at 11:25am Tuesday.

 

TWO INJURED, ONE SERIOUSLY IN TUESDAY AFTERNOON CRASH

Two people from Memphis were injured, one seriously in a Tuesday afternoon crash in Scotland County.  The highway patrol said it happened at around 12:10pm as 32 year old Marcus Fox was on MO 15 when his tractor trailer ran off the right side of the roadway and overturned.  He was taken to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries, while his passenger a 4 year old boy was to seek own treatment for minor injuries.

 

MDC PROPOSES MINOR PRICE ADJUSTMENTS FOR SOME PERMITS IN 2025

Missouri is home to more than 1 million anglers, 500,000 hunters, and several thousand trappers. MDC issues nearly 2.6 million hunting, fishing, and trapping permits each year. While MDC permit prices have increased only slightly over the past 20 years, MDC’s cost of doing conservation work have increased significantly.

To keep pace with continual rising costs of goods and services, MDC has implemented initial price adjustments to most permits over the past several years and proposes additional modest and gradual adjustments to permit prices over the coming years.

For 2025, MDC is proposing an incremental increase to non-resident permit prices and a few resident permit prices. The Missouri Conservation Commission gave initial approval to the MDC proposed permit price adjustments at its May 24 open meeting in Jefferson City.

 

 




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May 29, 2024

 

MISSOURI ROUTE 19 OVER FRENE CREEK IN HERMANN TO CLOSE IN JUNE

Missouri Route 19 in Hermann is set to close at the beginning of June to replace the deck of the Frene Creek (Market Street) Bridge. Construction crews working with the Missouri Department of Transportation plan to close the bridge to all traffic beginning on Monday, June 3.

The contractor will have 75 calendar days to complete the project and is expected to reopen the road in mid-August. A signed detour will direct motorists around the closure via Route 100 and Route Z.

All work is weather-permitting, and schedules are subject to change.

 

AIR PRODUCTS TO EXPAND IN MARYLAND HEIGHTS, INVESTING MORE THAN $70 MILLION AND CREATING 30 NEW JOBS

Air Products, the global leader in the production of gas separation and purification membranes, has announced that it will significantly expand its manufacturing and logistics center in Maryland Heights, investing more than $70 million and creating 30 new jobs. The company’s expansion, the largest ever for its Air Products Membrane Solutions unit, will help meet growing demand for its products.

Air Products’ expansion in Maryland Heights is driven by growing product demand in biogas and hydrogen recovery applications, in addition to customer needs for nitrogen used in the aerospace industry and cleaner fuels for the marine industry. The company’s new manufacturing facility is expected to begin production by the end of 2025. About 170 employees currently work at Air Products’ existing facility.

Air Products Membrane Solutions specializes in the development of hollow fiber membrane separators and systems for onsite gas generation. The company designs, engineers, manufactures, and markets a full portfolio of PRISM® Membrane Separators, Marine Systems, and Engineered-to-Order Systems to protect lives and goods at sea, on land, and in the air. Air Products’ systems are also designed to create more sustainable energy sources and raise productivity across a variety of industries and applications.

 

MDC INVITES LANDOWNERS TO LEARN ABOUT PROPERTY MANAGEMENT FOR WILD TURKEY IN NOVINGER JUNE 1

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites landowners to learn how to manage their property to create nesting and brood-rearing habitat for eastern wild turkeys in Novinger on June 1 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

This workshop will cover turkey biology, desired nesting and brood-rearing habitat, state and federal cost share programs for land management, habitat management techniques, and field demonstrations. This is an outside event with lunch provided. Participants are asked to bring a lawn chair and wear appropriate clothing for the weather. Closed-toe shoes designed for walking are recommended.

Adult wild turkey males in Missouri are very large and dark with a bare, red and blue head, with red wattles on the throat and neck. They have long legs, and their feathers are bronzy and iridescent. Males, and some females, have a tuft of hairlike feathers in the middle of their breast. Females are smaller and less iridescent. Turkeys are most famous for their gobbling calls, but they make other vocalizations as well.

Wild turkeys are most commonly found in mixed forests and grasslands statewide. Like other ground nesters, their reproductive success may be greatly reduced by extensive precipitation during nesting time. Successful management focuses on proper seasonal combinations of food, cover, and water.

This workshop is designed for participants of all ages, and registration can be done at http://short.mdc.mo.gov/46R. Questions about this event can be directed to Meagan Duffee-Yates at Meagan.duffee-yates@mdc.mo.gov. This workshop will be held on private land at 15274 Rolling Hills Road in Novinger.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




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May 28, 2024

 

PLANNED ROADWORK FOR NORTHEAST MISSOURI

The following is a list of general highway maintenance work the Missouri Department of Transportation has planned in the Northeast Missouri region for the next few weeks.

All road closures and planned roadwork may be viewed on the Traveler Information Map at http://traveler.modot.org/map/.

Inclement weather may cause schedule changes in some of the planned work. There may also be moving operations throughout the region, in addition to the work mentioned below.

Audrain County

Missouri Route 15 – May 28, LANE RESTRICTION for patching operations from Route D to North Wade Street between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. An 11-foot width restriction will be in place where crews are actively working.

Missouri Route 15 – May 31, LANE RESTRICTION for bridge maintenance from CR 381 south to CR 381 north between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. An 11-foot width restriction will be in place where crews are actively working.

Missouri Route 22 – May 30, LANE RESTRICTION for bridge maintenance from 1.0 mile east of U.S. Route 63 to Route Y between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. An 11-foot width restriction will be in place where crews are actively working.

Clark County

U.S. Route 136 – May 28, LANE RESTRICTION for patching operations from the Schuyler County line to Medil in Clark County between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Lewis County

Route E – May 31 & June 3, CLOSED for seal coat operations from Missouri Route 81 to Route A between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily.

Route F – June 4, CLOSED for seal coat operations from Missouri Route 16 to Route E between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Route Y – May 28 – 30, CLOSED for patching operations from Route H to Missouri Route 16 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily.

Route BB – June 5, CLOSED for seal coat operations from Missouri Route 16 to Route C between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Lincoln County

Route PP – May 28 – 31, LANE RESTRICTION for patching operations from Missouri Route 161 to Route H between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. A 10-foot width restriction will be in place where crews are actively working daily.

Route PP – June 3 – 7, CLOSED for seal coat operations from Missouri Route 161 to Route H between 6:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Macon County

Route W – May 30, LANE RESTRICTION for patching operations from the end of state maintenance to U.S. Route 36 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. A 10-foot width restriction will be in place where crews are actively working.

Route W – June 3, LANE RESTRICTION for patching operations from the end of state maintenance to U.S. Route 36 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. A 10-foot width restriction will be in place where crews are actively working.

Route UU – May 28 – 29, LANE RESTRICTION for patching operations from Fathom Place to U.S. Route 36 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. A 10-foot width restriction will be in place where crews are actively working daily.

Monroe County

Route C – June 3, LANE RESTRICTION for bridge maintenance from 1.75 miles north of Route AA to CR 962 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Montgomery County

Route K – May 28 – 29, CLOSED for core drilling operations from Missouri Route 19 to Route P at Loutre River between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.

Scotland County

Route BB – June 3, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from CR 804 to CR 851 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. 

Route CC – June 4 - 5, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Route 15 to CR 855 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.  

Route CC – June 6, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Route 15 to CR 855 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.  

U.S. Route 136 – May 28, LANE RESTRICTION for patching operations from the Schuyler County line to Medil in Clark County between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Missouri Route 15 – May 29, LANE RESTRICTION for patching operations from U.S. Route 136 to the Knox County line between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Pike County

Route U – June 3, CLOSED for patching operations from U.S. Route 54 to CR 36 between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Route U – June 4, CLOSED for patching operations from CR 36 to U.S. Route 61 between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Route VV – June 5, CLOSED for patching operations from CR 132 to CR 130 between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Route AD – June 6, CLOSED for patching operations from CR 130 to Route YY between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Route YY – June 6, CLOSED for patching operations from CR 129 to Missouri Route 79 between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Shelby County

Missouri Route 15 – June 4, LANE RESTRICTION for bridge maintenance from East Beech Street to West Elm Street in Shelbina between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. An 11-foot width restriction will be in place where crews are actively working.

Missouri Route 15 – June 5, LANE RESTRICTION for bridge maintenance from Route WW to CR 458 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. An 11-foot width restriction will be in place where crews are actively working.

U.S. Route 36 (Westbound) – May 29, LANE RESTRICTION for bridge maintenance from CR 471 to Route T between 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. A 12-foot width restriction will be in place where crews are actively working.

U.S. Route 36 (Eastbound) – May 29, LANE RESTRICTION for clean-up following a recent traffic incident 1,600 feet east of Route PP, between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. 

Route J – May 30 – 31, CLOSED for patching operations from Route J Spur to Missouri Route 15 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.

Route J –June 3, CLOSED for patching operations from Route J Spur to Missouri Route 15 between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Route J – June 6 – 7, CLOSED for seal coat operations from Route J Spur to Missouri Route 15 between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Route T – May 28, CLOSED for patching operations from Route AA to Missouri Route 168 between 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Route T – June 4 - 5, CLOSED for seal coat operations from Missouri Route 168 to U.S. Route 36 between 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily.

Route W – May 29, CLOSED for patching operations from Missouri Route 168 to Route J between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Route TT – June 3, LANE RESTRICTION for bridge maintenance from CR 428 to CR 416 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. A 10-foot width restriction will be in place where crews are actively working.

Warren County

Route F – June 3, LANE RESTRICTION for patching operations from Innsbrook to Wright City state maintenance ends between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Route M – May 29 -30, LANE RESTRICTION for patching operations from Missouri Route 47 to Route T between 7:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.

 

Quaker Windows and Doors to expand in Eldon, investing more than $30 million and creating 220 new jobs

Quaker Windows and Doors, a premier manufacturer of top-quality windows and doors, has announced that it will significantly expand its Eldon manufacturing facility, investing more than $30 million and creating 220 new jobs. The company’s expansion will add a vertical paint line and increased capabilities for insulating glass production while helping meet demand for its high-quality commercial, residential, and luxury windows and doors.

Through its expansion, Quaker continues to increase its manufacturing capacity, adding 300,000 square feet to its existing 450,000-square-foot campus. The original phase for the company’s Eldon facility was completed in 2020. The location has now received three additions in four years, bringing its total space to nearly 800,000 square feet. The latest expansion includes the installation of a state-of-the-art vertical paint line, a major technological leap, to increase powder paint capabilities. This cutting-edge equipment will improve efficiency and uphold the high product quality that customers expect. Quaker is also expanding its insulating glass production and adding tempering capabilities to better meet the needs of its diverse customer base.

Quaker’s expansion continues to generate new employment opportunities in central Missouri while underscoring the company’s commitment to innovation and growth. Quaker’s new facilities, expected to be complete by the fall of 2025, are designed to accommodate future growth and ensure the company remains a leader in its industry.

For this expansion, Quaker Windows and Doors will benefit from the Missouri Works program, a tool that helps companies expand and retain workers by providing access to capital through withholdings or tax credits for job creation.

 

 




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May 24, 2024

 

MAN INJURED IN WEDNESDAY MORNING CRASH

34 year old Ronald Griffith of Hannibal was injured in a Wednesday morning crash in Warren County.  MSHP stated that he was on South Rock Church Road when he lost control of his tractor on a curve and it traveled off the right side of the road, into an embankment and struck a mailbox.  He was transported by ambulance to SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital in Lake St. Louis for treatment of moderate injuries.  The crash happened at 10:15am Wednesday.

 

WOMAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN LINN COUNTY ACCIDENT

A woman was seriously injured in an accident that occurred after 1:30pm Wednesday in Linn County.  The patrol says that 61 year old William LaPlant of Troy was on US 36 when he failed to yield and his dump truck went into the path of an SUV driven by 79 year old Karen Wheatcraft of Brookfield and the two collided.  After impact the dump truck overturned.  She was taken to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries.

 

THREE HURT IN HORSE DRAWN BUGGY INCIDENT

Three people from Greentop were hurt in a horse drawn buggy incident Wednesday night in Adair County.  The highway patrol said it happened at 6pm as 21 year old James Schwartz was on US 63 when he lost control of the horse pulling the buggy and it traveled into the path of a truck driven by 33 year old Alyssa Fugate and then the truck struck the buggy in the rear.  Both drivers suffered minor injuries while a passenger in the buggy 19 year old Rebecca Schwartz sustained moderate injuries.  All three were taken to Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville for treatment.

 

MSHP: HAVE A SAFE MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

Memorial Day weekend brings Missouri to life with busy state parks, lakes, and attractions, along with sporting events, barbecues, and gatherings of friends and family. Our state has a lot to offer, especially when the weather is nice. A little planning will go a long way to making your Memorial Day weekend activities a success. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reminds everyone to include safety when they plan their holiday weekend. Everyone should expect more travelers on Missouri’s roadways and an increase in boating traffic on the state’s lakes and rivers. Drivers and boat operators are reminded to follow all Missouri’s laws and be courteous. Always wear a seat belt when traveling in a vehicle, and wear a life jacket when near, on, or in the water.

This year's Memorial Day holiday counting period begins at 6 p.m., Friday, May 24, and ends at 11:59 p.m., Monday, May 27, 2024. Every available trooper will be on the road or on the water, enforcing Missouri laws and assisting people. Troopers on our roadways will focus their attention on hazardous moving violations, speed violations, and impaired drivers. The Patrol will be participating in Operation C.A.R.E. (Crash Awareness Reduction Effort) during Memorial Day weekend.

Over the 2023 Memorial Day holiday weekend, 13 people died and 403 were injured in 990 traffic crashes. (Troopers worked 287 traffic crashes involving 12 fatalities and 117 injuries.) The Memorial Day weekend is also an unofficial start to the boating season. During the 2023 Memorial Day weekend, there were 10 boating crashes which included no fatalities and two injuries. No one drowned over last year’s Memorial Day weekend. Last year, troopers made 137 driving while intoxicated and eight boating while intoxicated arrests.

Always be courteous and pay attention, whether you're operating a vehicle or a vessel, and choose to be a sober driver on land and on the water. A safe, fun weekend is the result of planning and making good decisions.

Motorists or boaters in need of assistance or who want to report a crime should use the Highway Patrol's Emergency Assistance number 1-800-525-5555 (or *55 on a cellular phone). For road condition reports, travelers can visit the Patrol's website at https://statepatrol.dps.mo.gov. Click on the Road Condition icon to view road construction areas as well as road conditions throughout the state or call 1-888-275-6636.

 




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May 23, 2024 

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT REPORT

On Sunday, May 19 at approximately 6:17pm, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 700 block of E Promenade in reference to a disturbance with someone being shot.  Responding officers found that several people in the home were involved in an altercation when Stephen L Welch, age 30, shot and killed his brother Christopher S Welch, age 36.  Stephen Welch remained on scene.  He was detained and eventually taken to the Audrain County Sheriff’s Office pending formal charges from the Audrain County Prosecuting Attorney.  The investigation is ongoing. 

Anyone with information about this or any other crime is asked to contact CRIMESTOPPERS at (800) 392-TIPS or (800 392-8477 or Mexico Public Safety at (573) 473-5800 or (573) 581-2100.

 

On Friday, May 17 at approximately 8:57am, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 200 block of W Love St. in reference to a report of a burglary.  Responding officers found Juarez J Jarmin, age 40 of Mexico, and Whitney E Lamberson, age 37 of Mexico, inside a vacant apartment.  Both were arrested and processed at MPSD, then taken to the Audrain County Jail pending formal charges by the Audrain County Prosecuting Attorney.  There were no injuries from the incident.

 

Lieutenant Governor Kehoe to Serve as Acting Governor While Governor Parson Leads Trade Mission to Italy

Last week, Governor Mike Parson announced that Lieutenant Governor Mike Kehoe will serve as Missouri's Acting Governor while he leads a trade mission delegation to Italy. Lieutenant Governor Kehoe will serve in the Acting Governor capacity from May 18 - June 4, 2024. 

"Each time we've been overseas, Lt. Governor Kehoe has always dutifully answered the call to ensure state government continues operating efficiently and effectively," Governor Parson said. "We know Lt. Governor Kehoe offers a steady hand of leadership that Missourians can count on." 

Consistent with Governor Parson’s infrastructure and economic development priorities, the goal of the Italy Trade Mission is to build relationships with key international figures to promote Missouri’s strong capacity for trade. Governor Parson will meet with various government officials, diplomats, and business leaders to promote Missouri as a prime destination for business investment and expansion.

While the trade mission itself runs May 18 - 25, 2024, Governor Parson and First Lady Teresa Parson will be taking some personal time for their own private travels once the trade mission concludes.  

 

MDC reminds public squirrel and black bass seasons kick off May 25

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reminds hunters and anglers that squirrel and black bass seasons open Saturday, May 25.

SQUIRRELS

The hunting season on eastern gray and fox squirrels runs May 25 through Feb. 15, 2025. Allowed methods include shotguns, rifles, and other legal firearm methods, as well as archery equipment, slingshots, or atlatls. Squirrels may also be harvested with cage-style traps during the hunting season as long as hunters have a valid Small Game Hunting permit. Traps must be labeled with the hunter’s full name and address, or Conservation Number, be attended daily, and have an opening of 144 square-inches or smaller.

The daily limit for hunting, including the use of cage-style traps, is ten and the possession limit is 20. Hunters must have a permit valid for hunting small game or be exempt.

Get more information on squirrel hunting and trapping from MDC’s 2024 Summary of Missouri Hunting and Trapping Regulations online at http://short.mdc.mo.gov/4ud.

 

BLACK BASS

Anglers may catch-and-keep black bass, such as largemouth, smallmouth, spotted/Kentucky bass, May 25 through Feb. 28, 2025. Black bass can be found statewide but have a closed season part of the year in most streams south of the Missouri River. Black bass can be caught and released legally throughout the year anywhere in Missouri, and legal-sized bass may be kept all year long from impoundments and streams with no closed season. In most state waters, the daily limit on black bass is six. Fish taken from most rivers and streams must be 12-inches long. Additional regulations may apply to specific waters or areas. Anglers must have a valid fishing permit or be exempt.

Find more information on bass fishing in MDC’s 2024 Summary of Missouri Fishing Regulations, available where permits are sold, or online at  http://short.mdc.mo.gov/4uW.

 

 

 

 




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May 22, 2024

 

MODOT URGES EXTRA CAUTION IN INCREASED TRAFFIC AND WORK ZONES THIS SUMMER

As Memorial Day weekend approaches and Missourians hit the road to start their summer travels, the Missouri Department of Transportation is urging drivers to be cautious, patient and use good judgment when traveling, especially through work zones. On an average day, there are nearly 800 work zones on Missouri’s 34,000 miles of state roadways, ranging from construction on bridges, interchanges, and roads to daily maintenance work. In 2023, there were 4,563 crashes including 36 people killed in work zone crashes.

Impaired driving, distracted driving, excessive speeds, and not wearing seat belts are just a few of the concerns that can accompany the increased Memorial Day weekend traffic. In Missouri, 14 people were killed and 60 were seriously injured in crashes over Memorial Day weekend last year.  So far in 2024, 70% of the people killed in crashes on Missouri roads were not wearing a seat belt.

Drivers can stay informed of road conditions, delays and work zone locations on MoDOT’s Traveler Information Map at traveler.modot.org, also available as a free mobile app for Apple and Android devices. Over the Memorial Day weekend, road work will not take place between noon on Friday until 9 a.m. Tuesday, but some work zones include permanent lane restrictions.

For this summer, these are some of the major projects with traffic impacts around the state for which drivers should be on the lookout:

Northwest area: U.S. Route 36: Livingston County – concrete replacement under the U.S. Route 65 and the Kansas City Sub railroad line bridges in Chillicothe. Both east and westbound U.S. Route 36 traffic will be narrowed to one lane.

Northeast area: MO Route 79 Bridge Replacement:  Bridge replacement and improvement project in Hannibal with traffic impacts: modot.org/missouri-route-79-bridge-replacement-over-bear-creek-marion

Kansas City area:  I-435 Bridge Rehabilitation: Lane closures on NB/SB I-435 for bridge rehabilitation over Raytown Road. Watch for lane closures and the shifting of traffic lanes. Access to the Royals and Chiefs stadiums from I-435 north may be impacted: modot.org/interstate-435-bridge-replacement-jackson-0

Central area: U.S. 54 Improvement Projects: Adding lanes, bridge rehabilitation, and shoulder work. Motorists may expect delays as the roadway could be narrowed in either direction by the Missouri River bridge in Jefferson City.: Guide to U.S. Route 54 Improvement Projects in Jefferson City | Missouri Department of Transportation (modot.org)

St. Louis area: I-55 between Lindbergh and Arsenal: Work continues to rehabilitate or replace the driving surface on more than a dozen Interstate 55 bridges between Lindbergh and Arsenal in St. Louis City and County. I-55 is reduced to two lanes in each direction.  modot.org/I-55bridge2023_bridge_rehab

Southwest area: Route 65, Route 125/U.S. Route 60 Interchange: Route 65 Widening in Christian County, some narrowed lanes may be present. The Missouri Route 125 and US 60 Interchange Project in Greene County and Webster County, Route 125 will be closed.

Southeast area: U.S. Route 63, Howell and Oregon Counties: Route 63 will be reduced to one lane with utilization of a pilot car as contractor crews perform asphalt resurfacing from Business 63 in West Plains to Koshkonong in Howell and Oregon counties. Additionally, contractor crews are replacing a bridge over Burlington Norther Santa Fe railroad north of Brandsville. The new bridge construction is on a new alignment, slightly south of the existing bridge: modot.org/63howellbridge 

 

DED AWARDS $6 MILLION IN TAX CREDITS TO 37 ORGANIZATIONS THROUGH THE YOUTH OPPORTUNITIES PROGRAM

The Department of Economic Development has announced that it will award $6 million in 50% tax credits to 37 organizations throughout Missouri through the Youth Opportunities Program (YOP) during its 2024 cycle.

YOP helps broaden and strengthen opportunities for positive development and participation in community life for youth. The program allows organizations to leverage private-sector funds by providing partial state tax credits to businesses and individuals making contributions to approved youth development or crime prevention projects. YOP funds a variety of project types, including degree completion, internships and apprenticeships, mentoring, substance abuse prevention, violence prevention, counseling, and more.

A total of up to $6 million is awarded through YOP annually, with projects limited to $200,000 in tax credits. Eligible applicants include nonprofit organizations, education institutions, faith-based organizations, local governments, and businesses that meet program requirements. YOP is administered by the Division of Business and Community Solutions. The full list of 2024 YOP recipients is available here.

For more information about the program, including upcoming application cycles, eligibility criteria, and frequently asked questions, visit the YOP webpage.

 

MDC REPORTS HUNTERS TOOK 43,380 BIRDS DURING SPRING TURKEY SEASON

Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows turkey hunters checked 43,380 birds during Missouri’s 2024 regular spring turkey season, April 15 through May 5. Top harvest counties for the regular season were Franklin with 940 birds harvested, Callaway with 822, and Texas with 780.

Young turkey hunters also harvested 3,739 turkeys over the youth weekend, April 6 and 7, bringing the overall 2024 spring turkey harvest to 47,119. According to MDC, that is a 6-percent increase in total harvest from 2023 and a 20-percent increase in total harvest compared to the previous five-year average.

Get more information on this year’s spring turkey harvest numbers by county at extra.mdc.mo.gov/widgets/harvest_table/

 

 




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May 21, 2024

 

MOTORCYCLIST SERIOUSLY INJURED IN MONDAY MORNING INCIDENT

A motorcyclist was seriously injured in a Monday morning incident in Lincoln County.  The patrol says that it occurred at 7:55am as 30 year old Tyson Hamlet of Troy was on Chantilly Road, passing another vehicle when a turkey flew into the roadway and struck him which caused him to lose control of his motorcycle and it traveled off the left side of the road, struck a tree and ejected him.  Hamlet was taken to SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital in Lake St. Louis with serious injuries. 

 

MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN RALLS COUNTY ACCIDENT

A Hannibal man was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at 2am Monday in Ralls County.  The patrol says that 45 year old Chad Majors was on Route N when his motorcycle struck a deer in the roadway, overturned and ejected him from it.  He was taken to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries.  

 

WOMAN INJURED IN MOTORCYCLE MISHAP

A Florissant woman was injured in a motorcycle mishap Sunday morning in Lincoln County.  The highway patrol said it happened at 11:40am as 48 year old Jennifer Schaper was a passenger on a motorcycle driven by 53 year old Glennon Schaper of Florissant.  They were making a left turn from Auburn Street onto northbound Missouri 79 when the motorcycle experienced an equipment malfunction, causing it to travel off the right side of the road and overturned, ejecting both from it.  She was transported by ambulance to SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital in Lake St. Louis for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

DRIVER HURT IN EARLY SATURDAY MORNING CRASH

24 year old Cameron Snodgrass of Fulton was hurt in an early Saturday morning crash in Boone County.  State troopers stated that he was on Route A when his truck ran off the right side of the road, struck a telephone pole and came to an uncontrolled rest.  He suffered minor injuries and was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.  The crash happened at 2:50am Saturday.

 

 




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May 20, 2024

 

PLANNED ROADWORK FOR NORTHEAST MISSOURI

The following is a list of general highway maintenance work the Missouri Department of Transportation has planned in the Northeast Missouri region for the next few weeks.

All road closures and planned roadwork may be viewed on the Traveler Information Map at http://traveler.modot.org/map/.

Inclement weather may cause schedule changes in some of the planned work. There may also be moving operations throughout the region, in addition to the work mentioned below.

 

Adair County

Missouri Route 11 (Northbound) – May 20 – 21, LANE RESTRICTION for patching operations from Rock Way to Steer Creek Way between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily.

Audrain County

Missouri Route 15 – May 20, LANE RESTRICTION for patching operations from Route D to North Wade Street between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. An 11-foot width restriction will be in place where crews are actively working.

Missouri Route 15 – May 21, LANE RESTRICTION for patching operations from Route D to U.S. Route 54 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. A 12-foot width restriction will be in place where crews are actively working.

Clark County

U.S. Route 136 – May 28, LANE RESTRICTION for patching operations from the Schuyler County line to Medil in Clark County between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Lewis County

Route Y – May 20 - 22, CLOSED for patching operations from Missouri Route 16 to Route H between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily.

Route Y – May 22 - 24, CLOSED for patching operations from Route H to Route K between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily.

Lincoln County

Route D – May 22 – 23, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Norton Road to Palmer School Road between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.

Route D – May 20 - 21, LANE RESTRICTION for patching operations from Route E to Route TT between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. A 10-foot width restriction will be in place where crews are actively working daily.

Route D – May 24 and May 28, LANE RESTRICTION for patching operations from Route TT to Missouri Route 47 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. A 10-foot width restriction will be in place where crews are actively working daily.

Route TT – May 22 - 23, LANE RESTRICTION for patching operations from Route D to Mary Jo Road between 7:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. A 10-foot width restriction will be in place where crews are actively working daily.

Macon County

U.S. Route 36 (Eastbound and Westbound Passing Lanes) – May 28 – 30, LANE RESTRICTION for new transmission lines between Hickory Street crossover to Gantz Street bridge in Macon beginning at 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 28th through 5:00 p.m. Thursday, May 30th.

Route J – May 21, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Missouri Route 149 to Ballpark Avenue between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Route UU – May 20 – 24, LANE RESTRICTION for patching operations from Fathom Place to U.S. Route 36 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. A 10-foot width restriction will be in place where crews are actively working daily.

Marion County

U.S. Route 36 (Westbound) – May 20 – 23, LANE RESTRICTION for patching operations from Route U to CR 244 between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. daily.

Monroe County

Missouri Route 15 – May 20 - 21, LANE RESTRICTION for patching operations from Route MM to U.S. Route 24 between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. daily.

Montgomery County

Route K – May 20 - 23, CLOSED for core drilling operations from Missouri Route 19 to Route P at Loutre River between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.

Schuyler County

U.S. Route 136 (Eastbound) – May 20 - 21, LANE RESTRICTION for patching operations from City of Lancaster to Scotland County line between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. A 12-foot width restriction will be in place where crews are actively working daily.

Scotland County

U.S. Route 136 – May 28, LANE RESTRICTION for patching operations from the Schuyler County line to Medil in Clark County between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Missouri Route 15 (Southbound) – May 29, LANE RESTRICTION for patching operations from U.S. Route 136 to the Knox County line between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Shelby County

Missouri Route 15 – May 23, LANE RESTRICTION for bridge maintenance from East Beech Street to West Elm Street in Shelbina between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. An 11-foot width restriction will be in place where crews are actively working.

Missouri Route 15 – May 24, LANE RESTRICTION for bridge maintenance from Route WW to CR 458 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. An 11-foot width restriction will be in place where crews are actively working.

U.S. Route 36 (Westbound) – May 22, LANE RESTRICTION for bridge maintenance from CR 471 to Route T between 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. A 12-foot width restriction will be in place where crews are actively working.

U.S. Route 36 (Eastbound) – May 29, LANE RESTRICTION for clean-up following a recent traffic incident 1,600 feet east of Route PP, between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.  A 12-foot width restriction will be in place where crews are actively working.

Route J – May 28 - 30, CLOSED for patching operations from Route J Spur to Missouri Route 15 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.

Route T – May 23, CLOSED for patching operations from Route AA to Missouri Route 168 between 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Route U – May 31,  CLOSED for seal coat operations from Missouri Route 15 to the end of state maintenance between 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Route W – May 24, CLOSED for patching operations from Missouri Route 168 to Route J between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Route AA – May 22, CLOSED for patching operations from Missouri Route 15 to Route T between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Warren County

Missouri Route 47 (Overpass) – May 19 - 20, LANE RESTRICTION for bridge maintenance from I-70 eastbound to I-70 westbound beginning at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 19th through 4:00 a.m. Monday, May 20th.

Route M – May 29 -30, LANE RESTRICTION for patching operations from Missouri Route 47 to Route T between 7:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.

 

MOBERLY POLICE DEPARTMENT NEWS

The following incidents/arrests were investigated by the Moberly Police Department between the hours of 7am on 5/12/24 and 7am 5/15/24.

 

On May 12, 2024, a Moberly Officer observed a vehicle being operated poorly on Rollins St near Williams St. The 34-year-old male operator was placed under arrest for driving while intoxicated.

 

On May 13, 2024, Moberly Officers made contact with 41-year-old Tony Martin in the 200 block of S. Ault St. Martin was placed under arrest for an active Randolph County warrant on an original charge of stealing. Martin was transported to the Randolph County Jail.

 

 




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May 17, 2024

 

MISSOURI ROUTE 19 OVER FRENE CREEK IN HERMANN TO CLOSE IN JUNE

Missouri Route 19 in Hermann is set to close at the beginning of June to replace the deck of the Frene Creek (Market Street) Bridge. Construction crews working with the Missouri Department of Transportation plan to close the bridge to all traffic beginning on Monday, June 3.

Built in 1930, the bridge has narrow driving lanes and the pedestrian facilities are in poor condition. To update the bridge to modern standards and improve the traveling surface, the deck and girders – the superstructure – will be replaced. The pedestrian facilities will also be upgraded during the project to meet the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

The contractor will have 75 calendar days to complete the project and is expected to reopen the road in mid-August. A signed detour will direct motorists around the closure via Route 100 and Route Z.

All work is weather-permitting, and schedules are subject to change.

 

MAY 18-24 IS NATIONAL SAFE BOATING WEEK

Colonel Eric T. Olson, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, would like to stress the importance of safe boating and make the public aware of National Safe Boating Week, which takes place May 18-24, 2024. National Safe Boating Week is purposefully scheduled just prior to Memorial Day weekend, which many people consider the kickoff to the boating season.

Weather, time, and other elements may affect the readiness of your boat. Before taking that inaugural 2024 summer boat cruise, boaters are encouraged to make time for a thorough inspection of their boat. The Patrol’s marine operations troopers make boating safety a priority and are available, at your request, to inspect the required equipment on your boat to make sure you’re in compliance with state law. To help facilitate these inspections, marine operations troopers will be at the following locations on Saturday, May 18, 2024 (unless otherwise noted):

 

TROOP B

Mark Twain Lake9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Ray Behrens Boat Ramp
42991 Ray
Behrens
Perry
, MO

 

TROOP C

Troop C Headquarters ― 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
891 Technology Drive
Weldon Spring, MO

 

TROOP F

Lake of the Ozarks State Park Public Beach #2 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., MAY
22
Old U.S. Highway
54
Osage Beach, MO

 

APRIL 2024 MONTHLY JOBS REPORT

Missouri nonfarm payroll employment increased by 16,700 jobs in April 2024, and the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased by one-tenth of a percentage point to 3.4 percent. Private industry employment increased by 16,400 jobs and government employment increased by 300 jobs. Over the year, there was an increase of 74,900 jobs from April 2023 to April 2024, and the unemployment rate increased by half of a percentage point, from 2.9 percent in April 2023 to 3.4 percent in April 2024. Read the full report at https://meric.mo.gov/missouri-monthly-jobs-report

 

 

 

 




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May 16, 2024

 

WOMAN INJURED IN GASCONADE COUNTY ACCIDENT

A Hermann woman was injured in an accident that occurred at 3:10pm Tuesday in Gasconade County.  The patrol says that 30 year old Caramie Forbes was on MO 100 when she failed to negotiate a curve, causing her SUV to travel off the right side of the roadway, struck an embankment, became airborne and struck a tree.  She was taken to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

MAN HURT IN TUESDAY NIGHT WRECK

51 year old Brandon Strausbaugh of Pacific was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Tuesday night in Franklin County.  The highway patrol said it happened at 9:30pm as he was westbound on I-44 when he lost control on the wet road and his vehicle struck the concrete median barrier, ran off the right side of the roadway, overturned down a steep embankment and came to rest on its side, partially blocking the North Outer Road.  He sustained moderate injuries and was taken to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis for treatment.

 

MDC HOSTS BEGINNING ARCHERY PROGRAMS IN HANNIBAL SATURDAY

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites the public to learn how to shoot archery May 18 at J. Thad Ray Memorial Wildlife Area. There will be a morning and afternoon session. The morning session will run from 9:30-11:00 a.m., and the afternoon session will run form 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Archery is a safe and fun sport for everyone. All levels of abilities are welcome, but these programs are geared for novices ages 8 and older. All equipment will be provided, and one-on-one instruction will be provided. Participants are asked to wear sturdy, closed toe shoes.

Register for the morning program at http://short.mdc.mo.gov/42B. Register for the afternoon program at http://short.mdc.mo.gov/426. Questions about these programs can be sent to Kathi Moore at kathi.moore@mdc.mo.gov. To locate J. Thad Ray Memorial Wildlife Area from Hannibal at the junction of Route W and Hwy 61, take Route W west approximately 1 mile. 

 

 




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May 15, 2024

 

PLANNED ROADWORK FOR NORTHEAST MISSOURI

The following is a list of general highway maintenance work the Missouri Department of Transportation has planned in the Northeast Missouri region for the next few weeks.

All road closures and planned roadwork may be viewed on the Traveler Information Map at http://traveler.modot.org/map/.

Inclement weather may cause schedule changes in some of the planned work. There may also be moving operations throughout the region, in addition to the work mentioned below.

 

Adair County

Missouri Route 11 (Northbound) – May 15 – 21, LANE RESTRICTION for patching operations from Rock Way to Steer Creek Way between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily.

Audrain County

Missouri Route 15 – May 16, LANE RESTRICTION for bridge maintenance from Route D to CR 9824 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. A 12-foot width restriction will be in place where crews are actively working.

Missouri Route 22 – May 15, LANE RESTRICTION for patching operations from Leach Lane to Switzler Street between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. A 10-foot width restriction will be in place where crews are actively working.

Lewis County

Route O – May 15, CLOSED for seal coat operations from Missouri Route 6 to Route V between 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Lincoln County

Route D – May 22 – 23, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Norton Road to Palmer School Road between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.

Route E – May 13 -15, LANE RESTRICTION for bridge maintenance from 0.50 mile before and after the bridge over Mill Creek in Silex between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. A 10-foot width restriction will be in place where crews are actively working daily.

Route TT – May 15 – 16, LANE RESTRICTION for patching operations from Route D to Mary Joe Road between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. A 10-foot width restriction will be in place where crews are actively working daily.

Macon County

U.S. Route 36 (Westbound) – May 16, LANE RESTRICTION for bridge maintenance from 0.50 west of Atlantic Loop to the Macon County line between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. A 14-foot width restriction will be in place where crews are actively working.

Route J – May 21, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Missouri Route 149 to Ballpark Avenue between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Route UU – May 13 – 17, LANE RESTRICTION for patching operations from end of state maintenance to Fathom Place between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily.

Route UU – May 20 – 24, LANE RESTRICTION for patching operations from Fathom Place to U.S. Route 36 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. A 10-foot width restriction will be in place where crews are actively working daily.

Marion County

U.S. Route 61 (Southbound) – May 13 – 17, LANE RESTRICTION for clean-up following a recent traffic incident beginning 10 feet south of CR 361 to 600 feet south of CR 361 between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. daily.

Monroe County

Missouri Route 15 – May 15 - 16, LANE RESTRICTION for patching operations from Route MM to U.S. Route 24 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.

Missouri Route 107 – May 16, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from 1.0 mile north or Missouri Route 154 to Route U between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Missouri Route 151 – May 15, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from CR 1191 to Route K between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Route C – May 17, LANE RESTRICTION for bridge maintenance from 1.75 miles north of Route AA to CR 962 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. A 10-foot width restriction will be in place where crews are actively working.

Montgomery County

Route K – May 15 – 16 & 20 - 23, CLOSED for core drilling operations from Missouri Route 19 to Route P at Loutre River between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.

I-70 (South Outer Road/Tree Farm Road) – May 15 – 16, LANE RESTRICTION for patching operations from Missouri Route 19 to Route F between 7:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.

Schuyler County

U.S. Route 136 (Eastbound) – May 16 - 17, LANE RESTRICTION for patching operations from the City of Lancaster to Scotland County line between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. A 12-foot width restriction will be in place where crews are actively working daily.

Scotland County

Route H – May 15, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from CR 361 to CR 363 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Route BB – May 16, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Bethal Cemetery Road to CR 819 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Shelby County

Missouri Route 15 – May 21, LANE RESTRICTION for bridge maintenance from East Beech Street to West Elm Street in Shelbina between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Missouri Route 15 – May 22, LANE RESTRICTION for bridge maintenance from Route WW to CR 458 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. An 11-foot width restriction will be in place where crews are actively working daily.

U.S. Route 36 (Westbound) – May 20, LANE RESTRICTION for bridge maintenance from CR 471 to Route T between 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. A 12-foot width restriction will be in place where crews are actively working.

U.S. Route 36 (Eastbound) – May 15, LANE RESTRICTION for clean-up following a recent traffic incident 1,600 feet east of Route PP, between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.  A 12-foot width restriction will be in place where crews are actively working daily.

Route T – May 20, CLOSED for patching operations from U.S. Route 36 to Missouri Route 168 between 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Route W – May 21 – 22, CLOSED for patching operations from Missouri Route 168 to the end of state maintenance between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.

Route AA – May 17, CLOSED for patching operations from Missouri Route 15 to Route T between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Route TT – May 17, LANE RESTRICTION for bridge maintenance from CR 428 to CR 416 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. A 10-foot width restriction will be in place where crews are actively working.

 

GOV. PARSON SIGNS HB 1803 INTO LAW, EXPANDING MOBUCKS PROGRAM

On Thursday May 9, during a signing ceremony at Ozark Empire Fairgrounds in Springfield, Governor Mike Parson signed House Bill 1803 into law. HB 1803 increases the total amount of state funds the State Treasurer may invest into the MOBUCK$ program from $800 million to $1.2 billion annually. Governor Parson was joined by State Treasurer Vivek Malek, representatives from Missouri's agriculture advocacy groups, and members of the Missouri Bankers Association as he signed the bill into law. 

"I have to give credit to Treasurer Malek for his leadership in increasing the awareness and effectiveness of the MOBUCK$ program," Governor Parson said. "Under his administration, all available MOBUCK$ funds were exhausted within just one business day of applications opening. Now, by increasing the cap, Treasurer Malek's office and the State of Missouri will be able to assist more beginning farmers, existing farmers, and small business owners with low interest loans. Thank you, Treasurer Malek, for being a champion for Missouri agriculture and small businesses across the state." 

In addition to raising the MOBUCK$ investment total, HB 1803 removes previous funding caps on the portion of total funds that could be invested in farming operations, small businesses, livestock operations, beginning farmer operations, etc. 

 

 




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May 14, 2024

 

WOMAN INJURED IN MOTORCYCLE CRASH

A St. Charles woman was injured in a motorcycle crash Sunday afternoon in Franklin County.  The highway patrol said it occurred at 3:35pm as 58 year old Patricia Lyons was westbound when she intentionally traveled off the right side of the road and made a u-turn onto Route T, lost control of her motorcycle and it went off the right side of the roadway, slid down an embankment, rolled onto its right side, struck a downed tree limb and ejected her from it.  She was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

WOMAN INJURED IN CALLAWAY COUNTY ACCIDENT

A Fulton woman was injured in an accident that occurred at 2:40am Sunday in Callaway County.  The patrol says that 34 year old Capreice Smith was on Highway C when she failed to negotiate a curve, causing her car to cross the center of the road, ran off the left side of the roadway, became airborne and overturned.  She was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

DRIVER HURT IN SUNDAY AFTERNOON WRECK

34 year old Alexander Keene of Troy was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Sunday afternoon in Pike County.  State troopers stated that he was on US 61 when he fell asleep and his vehicle ran off the left side of the road, began to skid and the front and undercarriage struck the ground in the center median, before becoming airborne and overturned.  He sustained minor injuries and was taken to Mercy Hospital for treatment.  The wreck happened at 2:55pm Sunday.

 

MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN MONDAY MORNING MISHAP

A La Plata man was seriously injured in a Monday morning mishap in Knox County.  MSHP reported that it happened at 8:40am as 54 year old Robert Brochu was on Highway 156 when he lost control on the wet road and his car traveled off the left side of the road and struck an embankment.  He was air-lifted to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries. 

 

 




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May 10, 2024

 

PLANNED ROADWORK FOR NORTHEAST MISSOURI

The following is a list of general highway maintenance work the Missouri Department of Transportation has planned in the Northeast Missouri region for the next few weeks.

All road closures and planned roadwork may be viewed on the Traveler Information Map at http://traveler.modot.org/map/.

Inclement weather may cause schedule changes in some of the planned work. There may also be moving operations throughout the region, in addition to the work mentioned below.

Adair County

Route D – May 10 – 14, CLOSED for patching operations from Route O to Missouri Route 149 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily.

Audrain County

Missouri Route 15 – May 10, LANE RESTRICTION for bridge maintenance from CR 381 south to CR 381 north between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Missouri Route 15 – May 13, LANE RESTRICTION for bridge maintenance from Route D to CR 9824 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Missouri Route 22 – May 10, LANE RESTRICTION for bridge maintenance from 1.0 mile east of U.S. Route 63 to Route Y between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Lewis County

Route O – May 13 – 14, CLOSED for patching operations from Missouri Route 6 to Route V between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily.

Route O – May 15, CLOSED for seal coat operations from Missouri Route 6 to Route V between 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Lincoln County

Route D – May 10 & 13 - 14 LANE RESTRICTION for patching operations from Route E to Missouri Route 47 between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. A 10-foot width restriction will be in place where crews are actively working daily.

Route E – May 13 -15, LANE RESTRICTION for bridge maintenance from 0.50 mile before and after the bridge over Mill Creek in Silex between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. A 10-foot width restriction will be in place where crews are actively working daily.

Route TT – May 15 – 16, LANE RESTRICTION for patching operations from Route D to Mary Joe Road between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. A 10-foot width restriction will be in place where crews are actively working daily.

Macon County

U.S. Route 36 (Westbound) – May 16, LANE RESTRICTION for bridge maintenance from 0.50 west of Atlantic Loop to the Macon County line between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. A 14-foot width restriction will be in place where crews are actively working.

Route UU – May 13 – 17, LANE RESTRICTION for patching operations from end of state maintenance to Fathom Place between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily.

Marion County

U.S. Route 36 (Westbound) – May 16, LANE RESTRICTION for bridge maintenance from 0.50 west of Atlantic Loop to the Macon County line between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. A 14-foot width restriction will be in place where crews are actively working.

Route UU – May 13 – 17, LANE RESTRICTION for patching operations from end of state maintenance to Fathom Place between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily.

U.S. Route 61 (Southbound) – May 13 – 17, LANE RESTRICTION for clean-up following a recent traffic incident beginning 10 feet south of CR 361 to 600 feet south of CR 361 between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. daily.

Monroe County

Missouri Route 15 – May 15 - 16, LANE RESTRICTION for patching operations from Route MM to U.S. Route 24 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.

Missouri Route 151 – May 14, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Route YY to CR 946 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Missouri Route 151 – May 15, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from CR 1191 to Route K between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Route C – May 16, LANE RESTRICTION for bridge maintenance from 1.75 miles north of Route AA to CR 962 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Montgomery County

Route K – May 13 - 16, CLOSED for core drilling operations from Missouri Route 19 to Route P at Loutre River between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.

I-70 (South Outer Road/Tree Farm Road) – May 13 – 16, LANE RESTRICTION for patching operations from Missouri Route 19 to Route F between 7:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.

Scotland County

Route BB – May 10, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from CR 811 to Bethal Cemetery Road between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Route BB – May 13, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Bethal Cemetery Road to CR 819 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Route BB – May 14, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from CR 553 to CR 804 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Route BB – May 15, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from CR 804 to CR 851 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Route CC – May 16 - 17, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Missouri Route 15 to CR 855 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.

Shelby County

Missouri Route 15 – May 13 - 14, LANE RESTRICTION for patching operations from U.S. Route 36 to Route MM between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.

Missouri Route 15 – May 17, LANE RESTRICTION for bridge maintenance from Route WW to CR 458 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

U.S. Route 36 (Westbound) – May 10, LANE RESTRICTION for shoulder work from the Monroe City overpass to CR 216 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.

U.S. Route 36 (Eastbound) – May 15, LANE RESTRICTION for clean-up following a recent traffic incident 1,600 feet east of Route PP, between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.  A 12-foot width restriction will be in place where crews are actively working daily.

Route AA – May 17, CLOSED for patching operations from Missouri Route 15 to Route T between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Route TT – May 16, LANE RESTRICTION for bridge maintenance from CR 428 to CR 416 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

 

Governor Parson Signs HB 2016 into Law While Visiting Missouri National Guard Soldiers Deployed to Southern Border in Texas

On Wednesday, Governor Mike Parson visited the Southern Border near Eagle Pass, Texas, to connect with Missouri National Guard (MONG) soldiers deployed to the Southern Border and sign House Bill (HB) 2016 into law. HB 2016 passed the Missouri General Assembly with bipartisan support and includes funding for Missouri's Southern Border deployment, aiding Texas Governor Greg Abbott's Operation Lone Star mission, which is helping secure Texas, Missouri, and the nation. 

"We are proud to be here in Texas today to meet with our soldiers and sign HB 2016, funding Missouri's partnership with Operation Lone Star to secure the border," Governor Parson said. "President Biden and the federal government have failed. They're allowing fentanyl and other drugs, criminals, and even suspected terrorists to flood across the border into our country. States must take a stand, and that's exactly what Missouri is doing. The more crime we can stop at the Southern Border, the less we have to deal with in Missouri. We appreciate the strong group of bipartisan lawmakers for approving this funding and understanding the need for Missouri to step in when the federal government has failed our citizens."

"We understand there are many good people looking to come to our nation to achieve their American Dream. We respect and welcome that, but there is a process to go through, and it must be done legally," Governor Parson continued. 

HB 2016 totals $2.2 million, allocating $2 million to support MONG members deployed to the Southern Border and $206,000 for the Missouri State Highway Patrol's efforts to help secure the border. Governor Parson was joined at the bill signing by MONG Adjutant General Levon Cumpton, MONG soldiers stationed at the border, and Texas Department of Public Safety Regional Director Victor Escalon, who provided those in attendance an update on Operation Lone Star.

 

MOBERLY POLICE DEPARTMENT NEWS

On May 4-5 Moberly Police Department officers began investigating activity at a residence in the 200 block of S Ault St., Moberly.  As a result of this investigation, a 57 year old male was taken into custody for the following charges:

 

Trafficking for the Purpose of Sexual Exploitation

Delivery of a Controlled Substance

Possession of a Controlled Substance

Keeping or Maintaining a Public Nuisance

Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

 

The male was placed on a 24 hour hold at the Randolph County Justice Center, pending formal charges from the Randolph County Prosecuting Attorney. The Moberly Police Department was assisted by the North Missouri Drug Task Force. The investigation is ongoing at this time.

 

 




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May 9, 2024

 

MAN STRUCK BY VEHICLE IN CALLAWAY COUNTY

A man was injured after being struck by a truck Tuesday morning in Callaway County.  The highway patrol said it happened at around 11:40am as 72 year old Charles Case of New Bloomfield was outside of his truck when it started to roll downhill and struck him.  He was transported by ambulance to Capital Region Hospital in Jefferson City for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

WOMAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN ATV CRASH

A Hannibal woman was seriously injured in an ATV crash that occurred at 7pm Tuesday in Pike County.  The patrol says that 28 year old Lashae Caldwell was west of 16021 Route NN when her ATV traveled off the north side of the road, struck an embankment and ejected her from it.  She was taken to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis with serious injuries.

 

UNIONVILLE LICENSE OFFICE TRANSITIONING TO A NEW CONTRACTOR

The Missouri Department of Revenue is announcing the reopening of the Unionville License Office under a new management contract after being temporarily closed since January 5, 2024. The contract for the Unionville Office has been awarded to VanBuskirk Management. Mary Rhonda VanBuskirk says "I am excited for the opportunity to service my community and surrounding area and look forward to working with everyone." All license office contracts in Missouri are awarded through a competitive bid process. License offices are operated by independent contractors but overseen by the Missouri Department of Revenue.

 

Please note the current location 1507 Main Street, Unionville, Mo., 63565 will continue to be closed from now – May 10 to allow for transitioning of the necessary office equipment. The office will reopen on Monday, May 13. The hours of operation will be Monday – Friday, 8:30a.m. – 4:00p.m. and the telephone number will be 660-947-3621.

 

While the office is closed to transition to the new contractor, the Department encourages customers to visit one of the following nearby locations to receive assistance with their motor vehicle and driver licensing needs:

 

Milan License Office – 200 E 3rd St, Milan, Mo., 63556

Kirksville License Office – 105 W Potter Ave, Kirksville, Mo., 63501

Princeton License Office – 703 Hickland, Suite B, Princeton, Mo., 64673

 

A full list of license office locations and hours of operation can be found at
dor.mo.gov/license-office-locator/
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May 8, 2024

 

MAN KILLED IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY ACCIDENT

A Lake St. Louis man was killed in an accident that occurred at around 10:30pm Sunday in Montgomery County.  The patrol says that 21 year old Joshua Jenkins was westbound on I-70 when his car traveled off the left side of the roadway, struck a concrete median barrier and then he overcorrected, causing it to skid off the north side of the road and struck several trees.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

TEEN HURT IN MONDAY MORNING WRECK

A Gray Summit teen was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Monday morning in Franklin County.  The highway patrol said it happened at 7:20am as the 17 year old girl was on Robertsville Road and driving too fast for the wet road conditions when she lost control and her jeep ran off the right side of the road and came to rest in a ditch.  She was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment of minor injuries.

 

DRIVER INJURED IN EARLY MONDAY MORNING CRASH

23 year old James Alvis of Wayland was injured in an early Monday morning crash in Clark County.  MSHP stated that he was on US 136 when his car traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck an embankment and overturned.  He sustained moderate injuries and was taken to Blessing Hospital in Quincy, IL for treatment.  The crash occurred at 4:50am Monday.

 

DRUG BUST IN LIVINGSTON COUNTY

On Friday May 3 at approximately 9:20am, officers and detectives successfully served a search warrant in the 400 block of Jackson Street resulting in the seizure of narcotics, drug paraphernalia, and evidence of child endangerment and neglect. The Chillicothe Police Department executed the search warrant in response to several drug investigations.

As a result of the investigation, a 27 year old male and a 37 year old female were arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, child endangerment, and child neglect.  Detectives are working closely with the Livingston County Prosecutor Adam Warren and Livingston County Children's Division on this case. 

 

 




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May 6, 2024

 

DRIVER HURT IN CALLAWAY COUNTY ACCIDENT

A Columbia driver was hurt in an accident that occurred at 9:45pm Friday in Callaway County.  The patrol says that 25 year old Anthony Robinson was on Route HH and driving too fast when he failed to negotiate a curve after swerving for a deer, causing his car to travel off the left side of the roadway and struck a fence in three different places before coming to rest in a field.  He was taken to Capital Region Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries.

 

MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN FRIDAY NIGHT WRECK

27 year old Austin Roberts of La Plata was seriously injured in a one-vehicle wreck Friday night in Macon County.  The highway patrol said it happened at 7:50pm as he was on Old Highway 63 when he lost control and his vehicle overturned.  He was air-lifted to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries.

 

PLANNED ROADWORK FOR NORTHEAST MISSOURI

The following is a list of general highway maintenance work the Missouri Department of Transportation has planned in the Northeast Missouri region for the next few weeks.

All road closures and planned roadwork may be viewed on the Traveler Information Map at http://traveler.modot.org/map/.

Inclement weather may cause schedule changes in some of the planned work. There may also be moving operations throughout the region, in addition to the work mentioned below.

Adair County

Route D – May 6 – 7, CLOSED for patching operations from Little Road to Route O between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily.

Route D – May 9 – 14, CLOSED for patching operations from Route O to Missouri Route 149 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily.

Audrain County

Missouri Route 15 – May 10, LANE RESTRICTION for bridge maintenance from CR 381 south to CR 381 north between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Missouri Route 15 – May 13, LANE RESTRICTION for bridge maintenance from Route D to CR 9824 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Missouri Route 22 – May 10, LANE RESTRICTION for bridge maintenance from 1.0 mile east of U.S. Route 63 to Route Y between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Missouri Route 151 – May 9, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from CR 116 to CR 128 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Knox County

Route F – May 6, CLOSED for bridge maintenance from Route A to Missouri Route 15 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Lewis County

Route O – May 13 – 14, CLOSED for patching operations from Missouri Route 6 to Route V between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily.

Route O – May 15, CLOSED for seal coat operations from Missouri Route 6 to Route V between 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Route P – May 6 – 7, LANE RESTRICTION for patching operations from Route P overpass to Route B between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily.

Route AA May 9 – 10, CLOSED for patching operations from Missouri Route 6 to 275th Avenue between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily.

Lincoln County

Route D – May 9 – 10 & 13 - 14 LANE RESTRICTION for patching operations from Route E to Missouri Route 47 between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. A 10-foot width restriction will be in place where crews are actively working daily.

Route E – May 6 – 7, LANE RESTRICTION for patching operations from Route O to U.S. Route 61 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily. A 12-foot width restriction will be in place where crews are actively working.

Route E – May 13 -15, LANE RESTRICTION for bridge maintenance from 0.50 mile before and after the bridge over Mill Creek in Silex between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. A 10-foot width restriction will be in place where crews are actively working daily.

Route TT – May 15 – 16, LANE RESTRICTION for patching operations from Route D to Mary Joe Road between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. A 10-foot width restriction will be in place where crews are actively working daily.

Macon County

U.S. Route 36 (Westbound) – May 16, LANE RESTRICTION for bridge maintenance from 0.50 west of Atlantic Loop to the Macon County line between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. A 14-foot width restriction will be in place where crews are actively working.

Route UU – May 13 – 17, LANE RESTRICTION for patching operations from end of state maintenance to Fathom Place between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily.

Marion County

U.S. Route 36 (Westbound) – May 16, LANE RESTRICTION for bridge maintenance from 0.50 west of Atlantic Loop to the Macon County line between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. A 14-foot width restriction will be in place where crews are actively working.

Route UU – May 13 – 17, LANE RESTRICTION for patching operations from end of state maintenance to Fathom Place between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily.

U.S. Route 61 (Southbound) – May 13 – 17, LANE RESTRICTION for clean-up following a recent traffic incident beginning 10 feet south of CR 361 to 600 feet south of CR 361 between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. daily.

Missouri Route 79 – May 7, LANE RESTRICTION for patching operations from Adams Street to Lovers Leap between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Missouri Route 79 – May 9, LANE RESTRICTION for patching operations from Adams Street to Lovers Leap between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Monroe County

Missouri Route 15 – May 15 - 16, LANE RESTRICTION for patching operations from Route MM to U.S. Route 24 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.

Missouri Route 151 – May 7, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from CR 1160 to CR 136 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Missouri Route 151 – May 9, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from CR 1085 to CR 923 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Missouri Route 151 – May 14, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Route YY to CR 946 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Missouri Route 151 – May 15, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from CR 1191 to Route K between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Route C – May 16, LANE RESTRICTION for bridge maintenance from 1.75 miles north of Route AA to CR 962 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Montgomery County

Route B – May 6 – 7, LANE RESTRICTION for patching operations from Missouri Route 19 to Route ZZ between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.

Route K – May 6 - 7, CLOSED for core drilling operations from Missouri Route 19 to Route P at Dry Fork Creek between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.

Route K – May 13 - 16, CLOSED for core drilling operations from Missouri Route 19 to Route P at Loutre River between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.

I-70 (South Outer Road/Tree Farm Road) – May 13 – 16, LANE RESTRICTION for patching operations from Missouri Route 19 to Route F between 7:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.

Scotland County

Route H – May 6, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from CR 716 to CR 806 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Route BB – May 10, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from CR 811 to Bethal Cemetery Road between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Route BB – May 13, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Bethal Cemetery Road to CR 819 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Route BB – May 14, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from CR 553 to CR 804 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Route BB – May 15, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from CR 804 to CR 851 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Route CC – May 6 – 9 & 16 - 17, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Missouri Route 15 to CR 855 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.

Route EE – May 7 & 9, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Missouri Route 15 to CR 817 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. each day.

Shelby County

Missouri Route 15 – May 13 - 14, LANE RESTRICTION for patching operations from U.S. Route 36 to Route MM between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.

Missouri Route 15 – May 17, LANE RESTRICTION for bridge maintenance from Route WW to CR 458 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

U.S. Route 36 (Westbound) – May 6 - 7, LANE RESTRICTION for shoulder work from 1.0 mile west of Route T to CR 462 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.

U.S. Route 36 (Westbound) – May 9 - 10, LANE RESTRICTION for shoulder work from the Monroe City overpass to CR 216 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.

U.S. Route 36 (Eastbound) – May 15, LANE RESTRICTION for clean-up following a recent traffic incident 1,600 feet east of Route PP, between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.  A 12-foot width restriction will be in place where crews are actively working daily.

Route AA – May 17, CLOSED for patching operations from Missouri Route 15 to Route T between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Route TT – May 16, LANE RESTRICTION for bridge maintenance from CR 428 to CR 416 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Warren County

Missouri Route 47 (Overpass) – May 5 – 7, LANE RESTRICTION for seal coat operations from I-70 eastbound to I-70 westbound beginning at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 5th through 6:00 a.m. Monday, May 6th and 7:00 p.m. Monday, May 6th through 6:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 7th.

 

 




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May 3, 2024

 

GOV. PARSON SIGNS EXECUTIVE ORDER 24-06 ACTIVATING STATE EMERGENCY OPERATIONS PLAN IN RESPONSE TO SEVERE WEATHER AND FLOODING

On Thursday, Governor Mike Parson signed Executive Order 24-06 activating the Missouri State Emergency Operations Plan in response to severe weather and flooding. Parts of Missouri have already sustained storm and flood damage with additional storms and rain forecast over the next several days.

“We have seen the tremendous power and destruction of this past weekend’s storms in neighboring states, and with areas of Missouri already impacted, we want to ensure state resources are available should significant disruptions or damage occur,” Governor Parson said. “This action enables the state to be better prepared and ready to assist our communities. We encourage Missourians to follow their local forecasts, heed all weather warnings, and take the necessary precautions to protect themselves and their loved ones.”

Executive Order 24-06 will expire on May 30, 2024, unless otherwise terminated or extended.

 

GOV. PARSON ORDERS CAPITOL DOME, MISSOURI LAW ENFORCEMENT MEMORIAL LIGHTED BLUE IN HONOR OF FALLEN LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS

In honor of Missouri’s fallen law enforcement officers, Governor Mike Parson has   ordered the Missouri State Capitol dome and Missouri Law Enforcement Memorial to be lit blue from sunset on Friday, May 3, 2024, until sunrise on Saturday, May 4, 2024.

“We owe a tremendous debt to the officers who made the ultimate sacrifice while enforcing the law and answering the call to service,” Governor Parson said. “Each year, we hold these ceremonies to remember and honor those who lost their lives in service to our state. We are proud to light the Capitol Dome and Missouri Law Enforcement Memorial blue, as we stand alongside the families and colleagues of our fallen heroes to express our gratitude for their selfless service to our state."

The annual ceremonies honoring fallen Missouri law enforcement officers will be held at the Missouri Law Enforcement Memorial on the grounds of the Capitol overlooking the Missouri River.

The 2024 Candlelight Vigil will be held on May 3 at 8 p.m., and the Memorial Service will take place at 10 a.m. on May 4.

“Each year, as we honor our fallen comrades, they and their heroic deeds are indelibly connected to the more than 700 officers whose names have already been enshrined on the Law Enforcement Memorial’s Wall of Honor,” Missouri Department of Public Safety Director Sandy Karsten said. “Their service is now part of Missouri’s law enforcement legacy of valor and selfless service that extends back to 1836.” 

The names of three law enforcement and corrections officers who died in the line of duty in 2023 and one officer who died in 2021 have been added to the memorial’s Wall of Honor in advance of this year’s ceremonies.

 

MAY IS BICYCLE SAFETY MONTH

Warmer weather encourages people to be more active outdoors. In the coming weeks, more and more bicycles will be sharing the road with motorists. May is Bicycle Safety Month, and the Missouri State Highway Patrol encourages motorists and bicyclists to stay alert and be courteous. Preliminary statistics for 2023 indicate eight people were killed and 438 injured in 522 traffic crashes involving a bicycle. Please know the law regarding operating a bicycle and be a safe rider.

Did you know?

· A bicyclist is required to ride as near the right side of the roadway as is safe, exercising due care when passing a standing vehicle or one proceeding in the same direction; except when making a left turn, when the lane is too narrow to share with another vehicle, or when on a one-way street.
· Bicyclists may ride abreast when not impeding other vehicles.
· Bicyclists must also obey all traffic signals and signs, the same as required of drivers of other vehicles. Use hand signals to let others know you will turn left, right, or stop.
· A bicycle must be equipped with a brake or brakes that will enable its driver to stop the bicycle within 25 feet from a speed of 10 miles per hour on dry, level, clean pavement.
· Bicycle riders, when riding on a street or highway, are granted all the rights and are subject to all the traffic regulations applicable to drivers of motor vehicles, except those that by their very nature do not apply.


It is important that bicyclists understand local ordinances regarding riding a bicycle. For instance, in some municipalities, riding a bicycle on the sidewalk in a business district is prohibited.

When riding a bicycle after dark, the bicycles must have the following:

· A white light mounted to the front of the bicycle or carried by the rider which is visible at 500 feet.

· A rear-facing red reflector of at least two square inches or a red lamp which is visible at 600 feet.

· Reflective material and/or lights visible from the front and rear on any moving part of the bicycle’s pedals or crank arms, or the bicyclist’s shoes or lower legs, which can be seen at 200 feet.

· Reflective material and/or lights on each side of the bicycle or bicyclist visible at 300 feet.


Penalties for violations of this law range from not less than $5 to not more than $25 for people 17 years of age or older. For those under 17, a provision allows an officer witnessing a violation to impound the bicycle for a period not to exceed five days.

When riding your bicycle, follow these important safety tips:

§ Make sure your bicycle is in good working condition. Check it before each ride.
§ Although not required by state law, wearing a bicycle helmet while riding is one of the most important things you can do to protect yourself. Be sure your helmet is the proper size and adjust the straps for a snug fit.
§ Never carry passengers.
§ Walk your bike across busy intersections.
§ Don’t hitch rides on other vehicles.
§ Give pedestrians the right-of-way.
§ Use a horn or bell to warn those who may not see you.
§ Don’t perform stunts on streets or sidewalks.
§ Keep both hands on the handlebars except when signaling.
§ Wear light-colored or reflective clothing when riding after dark.
§ Keep your bicycle in good condition.
§ Always ride with caution and courtesy.
§ When riding a bicycle on a sidewalk, yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian and give audible signals before overtaking or passing a pedestrian.


Please pay attention whether you're driving a vehicle or riding a bicycle. Understand and obey the law and make safety a priority. Reviewing bicycle safety guidelines and traffic laws is a great way to prepare for the bicycling season.

 

 




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May 2, 2024

 

WOMAN HURT IN WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON CRASH

A Leslie woman was hurt in a Wednesday afternoon crash in Franklin County.  State troopers stated that 35 year old Tabetha Korman was on Highway 185 when her truck ran off the right side of the road, struck a culvert and overturned.  She was taken to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment of minor injuries.  The crash occurred at around 12:45pm Wednesday.

 

WOMAN HURT IN WEDNESDAY MORNING ACCIDENT

A woman was hurt in an accident that occurred at 10:20am Wednesday in Chariton County.  The patrol says that 75 year old Margo Jones of Triplett was a passenger in a car driven by 56 year old Gail Buchanan of Triplett.  They were on MO 11 in Mendon when their car was struck in the rear by an SUV driven by 20 year old Blake Eitel of Milan.  Jones was transported by ambulance to Fitzgibbon Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

 

DRIVER INJURED IN TUESDAY AFTERNOON WRECK

71 year old Carol Paul of Chillicothe was injured in a one-vehicle wreck Tuesday afternoon in Livingston County.  The highway patrol said it happened at 12:50pm as she was on MO 190 when her truck traveled off the north side of the roadway and struck an embankment.  The truck came to a controlled stop on its wheels in a field facing northeast.  She sustained minor injuries and was taken to Hedrick Medical Center in Chillicothe for treatment.

 

 




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May 1, 2024

 

MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN FRANKLIN COUNTY ACCIDENT

A man was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at around 5:35pm Monday in Franklin County.  The patrol says that 26 year old Austin Sims of St. Clair was riding his motorcycle on a private roadway at 8337 Little Indian Creek Road when he failed to maintain control and was ejected from it.  He was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis with serious injuries.

 

WOMAN INJURED IN MONDAY AFTERNOON CRASH

A woman was injured in a motorcycle crash Monday afternoon in Franklin County.  The highway patrol said it happened at around 3:35pm as 41 year old Dawn Bracegirdle of Great Britain, United Kingdom was eastbound on the Route W Ramp to I-44 when she lost control and the front of her motorcycle struck a guardrail and ejected her and struck a light pole.  She was taken to Missouri Baptist Hospital in Sullivan for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

MAY IS MOTORCYCLE SAFETY AWARENESS MONTH

Colonel Eric T. Olson, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, would like to make the public aware that May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. It's important for motorcyclists to take an active role in their safety. Preliminary 2023 statistics indicate there were 2,459 crashes involving motorcycles. In these crashes, 2,141 people were injured and 175 people were killed.

Please keep these suggestions in mind when you're on the road:

*Be visible. Motorists often have a hard time seeing you. Keep your headlights on, day or night. Use reflective strips/decals on your clothing and on your motorcycle. Be aware of other vehicles’ blind spots.

*Dress for safety. Wear a helmet and eye protection. Wear bright clothing. Wear thick or leather clothing for protection.

*Think safety while riding. Give yourself space to react to other motorists’ actions. Use lane positioning to increase visibility. Watch for turning vehicles. Signal your next action in advance. Pretend you’re invisible and drive defensively.

*Know your bike. Get formal training and take refresher courses. Practice riding your motorcycle before going into heavy traffic. Know how to handle your motorcycle in all types of road conditions.

Review the laws pertaining to operating a motorcycle on Missouri roadways.

* You must possess a valid license that shows you have successfully passed an examination for the operation of a motorcycle or motortricycle to operate one upon any highway of this state.

* Any qualified motorcycle operator who is 26 years of age or older may operate a motorcycle or motortricycle upon any highway of this state without wearing protective headgear. This is allowed only if the motorcycle operator maintains proof of financial responsibility in accordance with Chapter 303 RSMo and is covered by a health insurance policy or other form of insurance which will provide the person with medical benefits for injuries incurred as a result of a traffic crash while operating or riding on a motorcycle or motortricycle.

* Motorcyclists are required to follow the same traffic laws as motor vehicle operators.

Car and truck drivers need to share the road with motorcyclists and keep the following in mind:

* Drivers should actively watch for motorcyclists.

* Motorcycles may look farther away than they are due to their smaller size. It is also difficult to judge the speed at which a motorcycle is traveling as it approaches.

*Motorcycles are hidden easily in a vehicle’s blind spots, or masked by objects or backgrounds. Thoroughly check traffic before changing lanes!

*Motorcyclists may slow down by downshifting or easing off the throttle. So, you may not see a brake light. Allow extra distance between your vehicle and a motorcycle.

*A motorcycle’s turn signal does not cancel after the turn like a vehicle’s signal does. The motorcycle may not be turning, so pay attention.

*A motorcyclist will often adjust their position in the lane so they can see more easily or to avoid debris, wind, or passing vehicles. Allow the motorcyclist to share the lane; don’t assume they are being reckless.

*Stopping distance for motorcycles is similar to that of cars. But, slippery pavement can make stopping quickly difficult. Please allow more distance behind a motorcycle in these types of road conditions.

 

 




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April 30, 2024

 

WOMAN INJURED IN EARLY SUNDAY MORNING ACCIDENT

A woman was injured in an accident that occurred at 12:30am Sunday in Gasconade County.  The patrol says that 62 year old Robin Long of Canyon Lake, TX was on Route EE when her car traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck a ditch and caught fire.  She was transported by ambulance to Hermann Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

TWO HURT IN EARLY SATURDAY MORNING WRECK

Two women were hurt in a one-vehicle wreck early Saturday morning in Linn County.  The highway patrol said it happened at around 4am as 20 year old Amnah Thabet of Lenexa, KS was on US 36 when she failed to negotiate a curve and her car ran off the left side of the road, struck a road sign, crossed back over the roadway and went off the right side of the road, became airborne, struck the ground, became airborne a second time, struck the ground, slid down an embankment and struck a tree.  Both the driver and her passenger 20 year old Diamond Collier of Kansas City, MO were taken to Pershing Memorial Hospital in Brookfield for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

FLOODING CAUSES CLOSURES OF SEVERAL ROUTES ACROSS THE NORTHEAST DISTRICT

ALERT: Several routes have closed in the Northeast District due to flooding while some have been able to be opened.

Please do not remove barricades or drive through water over the road. The latest information on traffic impacts can be found on MoDOT's traveler map at www.modot.org.

Current updates include:

 Adair County

  • Missouri Route 11 – CLOSED east of U.S. 63 at Steer Creek
  • Missouri Route 149 – CLOSED north of MO 6
  • Route E - CLOSED

 Chariton County

  • Route P – CLOSED at Puzzle Creek

 Clark County

  • Route D – CLOSED west of MO 81 at Wyaconda River

 Macon County

  • Missouri Route 149 – OPEN South of MO 156 at Turkey Creek
  • Route DD - CLOSED
  • Route HH - CLOSED
  • Route J - CLOSED (3 miles west of U.S. 63 at East Fork of the Chariton River)
  • Route J – CLOSED 1 mile east of New Boston at Mussel Fork
  • Route PP - CLOSED
  • Route Z - OPEN (4 miles north of MO 149 at Brush Creek)

  Monroe County

  • Route A - CLOSED (Shelby/Monroe Co) at Crooked Creek
  • Route M - CLOSED between CRD 819 and CRD 835
  • Route J – CLOSED AT Duncans Bridge

 Knox County

  • Missouri Route 11 – CLOSED west of MO 15
  • Missouri Route 151 – CLOSED between MO 156 extending 2 miles South
  • Route F – CLOSED
  • Route J – CLOSED north of Hurdland
  • Route K – CLOSED between Route V (South) and Route V (North) at Colony Bottoms
  • Route V – CLOSED between Route K (West) and Route K (East) at Colony Bottoms

 Randolph County

  • Route D – CLOSED 3 miles south of Route C
  • Route YY – CLOSED South of U.S. 24

 Shelby County

  • Missouri Route 151 – CLOSED South of Hagers Grove at North Fork of the Salt River
  • Route A - CLOSED (Shelby/Monroe Co) at Crooked Creek
  • Route DD - CLOSED at Otter Creek
  • Route N - CLOSED at Salt River
  • Route W – CLOSED north of MO 168 at North River

 




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April 29, 2024

 

FLOODING CAUSES CLOSURES OF SEVERAL ROUTES ACROSS THE NORTHEAST DISTRICT

Several routes have closed in the Northeast District due to flooding, with more rain in the forecast.

Please do not remove barricades or drive through water over the road. The latest information on traffic impacts can be found on MoDOT's traveler map at www.modot.org.

Current closures include:

Adair County

  • Route E - CLOSED 

Monroe County

  • Route A - (Shelby/Monroe Co) at Crooked Creek
  • Route M - between CRD 819 and CRD 8
  • Route J - (3 miles west of U.S. 63 at East Fork of the Chariton River)

Knox County

  • Missouri Route 11 – west of MO 15
  • Route K – between Route V (South) and Route V (North) at Colony Bottoms
  • Route V – between Route K (West) and Route K (East) at Colony Bottoms

Macon County

  • Missouri Route 149 – South of MO 156 at Turkey Creek
  • Route DD
  • Route HH
  • Route J - (3 miles west of U.S. 63 at East Fork of the Chariton River)
  • Route PP
  • Route Z - (4 miles north of MO 149 at Brush Creek)

Randolph County

  • Route D – 3 miles south of Route C

Shelby County

  • Missouri Route 151 – South of Hagers Grove at North Fork of the Salt River
  • Route A - (Shelby/Monroe Co) at Crooked Creek
  • Route DD - at Otter Creek
  • Route N - at Salt River

 

PLANNED ROADWORK FOR NORTHEAST MISSOURI

The following is a list of general highway maintenance work the Missouri Department of Transportation has planned in the Northeast Missouri region for the next few weeks.

All road closures and planned roadwork may be viewed on the Traveler Information Map at http://traveler.modot.org/map/.

Inclement weather may cause schedule changes in some of the planned work. There may also be moving operations throughout the region, in addition to the work mentioned below.

Adair County

Route D – May 6 – 7, CLOSED for patching operations from Little Road to Route O between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Audrain County

U.S. Route 54/Missouri Route 19 – April 29 – May 2, LANE RESTRICTION for patching operations from 500 feet east of Route BB roundabout at Scotts Corner to CR 408 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily. An 11-foot width restriction will be in place where crews are actively working.

U.S. Route 54 – April 30 – May 2, LANE RESTRICTION for bridge maintenance from the Audrain County line to Missouri Route 15 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.  An 11-foot width restriction will be in place where crews are actively working.

Missouri Route 151 – May 9, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from CR 116 to CR 128 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Knox County

Route V – April 30 – May 2, CLOSED for bridge maintenance from Route AA to Falcon Road between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Macon County

Route F – April 30 – May 2, LANE RESTRICTION for grading ditches from Desoto Place to 1.5 miles north of Dallas Place/Denver Place between 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily.

Route J – April 29 – May 3, CLOSED for core drilling operations from Alpine Avenue to Anvil Street between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. daily.

Route W – April 30, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from U.S. Route 36 to Lewis Street between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Marion County

U.S. Route 61/U.S. Route 24 (Westbound) – April 30, LANE RESTRICTION for brush cutting operations from CR 361 to CR 320 between 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Monroe County

Missouri Route 107 – April 30, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from 1.0 mile north of Missouri Route 154 to Route U between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Missouri Route 151 – May 2, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from CR 160 to CR 156 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Missouri Route 151 – May 7, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from CR 1160 to CR 136 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Missouri Route 151 – May 8, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from CR 1191 to Route K between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Missouri Route 151 – May 9, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from CR 1085 to CR 923 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Route HH – May 1, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from U.S. Route 24 to CR 580 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Montgomery County

Old U.S. 40 – April 29, CLOSED for railroad crossing maintenance Jonesburg, 279 feet southwest of Old High Point Road between 12:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

I-70 (Eastbound) – April 29 - 30, LANE RESTRICTION for bridge maintenance from mile marker 167.6 to mile marker 168.4 between 3:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. daily.

Route B – May 6 – 7, LANE RESTRICTION for patching operations from Missouri Route 19 to Route ZZ between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.

Route F – April 29, CLOSED for railroad crossing maintenance in High Hill, 587 feet north of Old U.S. Route 40 between 12:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Route K – May 6, CLOSED for core drilling operations from Missouri Route 19 to Route P at Dry Fork Creek between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Route K – May 7 & 9, CLOSED for core drilling operations from Missouri Route 19 to Route P at Loutre River between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.

Route Y – April 29, CLOSED for railroad crossing maintenance in Jonesburg, 620 feet south of Old U.S. Route 40 between 12:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Schuyler County

Route W – April 29 - 30, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Wabash Street to Hoot Owl Ridge between 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Scotland County

Route D - April 30, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from CR 657 to CR 360 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Route D – May 1, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from CR 305 to CR 309 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Route BB – May 2, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from CR 811 to Bethel Cemetery Road between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Route BB – May 3, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Bethel Cemetery Road to CR 819 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Route BB – May 6, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from CR 553 to CR 804 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Route BB – May 7, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from CR 804 to CR 851 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Route CC – May 6 – 9, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Missouri Route 15 to CR 855 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.

Route CC – May 8 - 10, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Missouri Route 15 to CR 855 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Route EE – April 29, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Missouri Route 15 to CR 817 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Shelby County

Missouri Route 15 – May 6 – 7, LANE RESTRICTION for patching operations from U.S. Route 36 to Route MM between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.

U.S. Route 36 (Eastbound) – May 1, LANE RESTRICTION for clean-up following a recent traffic incident 1,600 feet east of Route PP, between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

U.S. Route 36 (Westbound) – May 3, LANE RESTRICTION for bridge maintenance from CR 484 to 2.5 miles east of Route T over the North Fork Salt River between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. A 12-foot width restriction will be in place where crews are actively working.

Warren County

Missouri Route 47 (Overpass) – May 5 – 7, LANE RESTRICTION for bridge maintenance from 500 feet before and after the bridge over I-70. Work will take place during nighttime hours only from 9:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. beginning Sunday, May 5th at 9:00 p.m. and ending Tuesday, May 7th at 6:00 a.m.

 

 




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April 26, 2024

 

WORK CONTINUES ON MO 19 MISSOURI RIVER BRIDGE AT HERMANN

Two bridge rehabilitation projects began earlier this month on Missouri Route 19 in Montgomery County, located over the Missouri River and the Loutre River north of Hermann.

As work progresses on the bridge rehabilitation projects, cyclists and pedestrians on Missouri Route 19 traveling over the Missouri River Bridge at Hermann will be impacted by temporary closures of the shared use path.  Earlier this week painting and deck sealing operations necessitated daily closures of the path, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Temporary traffic impacts will continue between Missouri Route 94, south of McKittrick and Missouri Route 100 in Hermann.  Traffic will remain reduced to one lane during the day, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. (with the exception of Fridays in May, when all lanes will be open by noon).  Flaggers will direct motorists through the work zone.  For the duration of the project, a 12-foot width restriction will remain in place while workers are present. All work is weather dependent and schedules are subject to change.

Thomas Industrial Coatings, Inc. was awarded the contract earlier this year in the amount of $1,694,448. Work is scheduled to be completed by mid-summer.

 

MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN BOONE COUNTY ACCIDENT

A Hallsville man was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at 7:20am Thursday in Boone County.  The patrol says that 58 year old Thomas O’Brien was on MO 124 when his motorcycle began having a mechanical malfunction and he steered it to the right shoulder and as it traveled onto the gravel shoulder it fell on its right side and slid to a stop.  He was transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries.

 

 




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April 25, 2024

 

TEEN HURT IN GASCONADE COUNTY ACCIDENT

A Belle teen was hurt in an accident that occurred at 11:25pm Tuesday in Gasconade County.  The patrol says that the 17 year old girl was on Route B at Route CC when she drove through an intersection due to foggy conditions and her vehicle struck a sign.  She was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

 

WOMAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN TUESDAY MORNING WRECK

A Florissant woman was seriously injured in a one-vehicle wreck Tuesday morning in Callaway County.  The highway patrol said it happened at 10:55am as 43 year old Julie Schafer was on Route WW when she failed to negotiate a curve, causing her van to travel off the roadway, struck an embankment and overturned.  She was taken to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries.

 

RACE TO HELP SAVE LIVES WITH THE RED CROSS BY GIVING BLOOD

As May approaches, the American Red Cross reminds eligible donors to keep the blood supply stable by racing to give blood in the weeks to come. Donors of all blood types – especially type O blood donors – are crucial to keeping shelves fully stocked with blood products throughout the month.  

 

Right now, there’s no letting off the gas when it comes to lifesaving care. With no substitute for blood and no way to manufacture it, volunteer donors are essential for hospital patients who count on transfusions every single day.  

 

Book a time to give lifesaving blood now by visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App. Thanks to Sport Clips Haircuts, all who come to donate April 29-May 31 will get a coupon for a free haircut by email. Plus, those who come to give April 29-May 19 will be automatically entered for a chance to win a trip for two and VIP racing experience to the 2024 NASCAR Cup Series and Xfinity Races at Darlington Raceway Labor Day weekend, including entry to the Sport Clips racetrack hospitality tent and a $1,000 gift card. Additionally, those who come to give April 29-May 19 will also get a bonus $10 e-gift card to a merchant of choice. Visit RedCrossBlood.org/racetogive for more details. 

 

 




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April 24, 2024

 

RESURFACING PROJECT SCHEDULED TO BEGIN IN MONTGOMERY AND LINCOLN COUNTIES

Weather permitting, a resurfacing project located on Route E in Montgomery and Lincoln counties, from Interstate 70 in Montgomery County to Route UU in Silex in Lincoln County, is expected to begin as early as Wednesday. The length of the improvement is 35 miles with anticipated completion by late June.

The $3.5M contract was awarded last year to Magruder Paving, LLC of Troy, MO. The contract also includes a seal coating project, located on Route E in Lincoln County, from Route UU in Silex to U.S. Route 61. This project is anticipated to begin in early June.

Traffic will be reduced to one lane with a 10-foot width restriction in place at the location where crews are actively working for the duration of the project. Flaggers and a pilot car will be utilized to direct motorists through the work zone. Signs and message boards will be in place to alert motorists, as schedule changes occur. All work is weather dependent and schedules are subject to change.

 

TEEN INJURED IN MARION COUNTY ACCIDENT

A teen was injured in an accident that occurred at 6:35am Tuesday in Marion County.  The patrol says that 18 year old Gage Dawson of La Belle was on US 24 when his car traveled into the path of a truck driven by 54 year old Elizabeth Gaus of Canton.  The teen sustained minor injuries and was taken to Blessing Hospital in Quincy, IL for treatment.

 

WOMAN HURT IN TUESDAY MORNING WRECK

A woman was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Tuesday morning in Macon County.  The highway patrol said it happened at 7:25am as 30 year old Elizabeth Busick of Macon was a passenger in a vehicle driven by 35 year old James Busick of Macon.  They were on US 36 when he lost control and it ran off the left side of the road and struck a ditch.  She was transported by ambulance to Samaritan Hospital in Macon for treatment of minor injuries.

 

 




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April 23, 2024

 

WOMAN STRUCK AND KILLED BY VEHICLE SUNDAY AFTERNOON

A Milan woman was struck and killed by a vehicle Sunday afternoon in Sullivan County.  The patrol says that it occurred at around 1:20pm as 63 year old Mary Baugher exited a parked vehicle on Route OO and walked into the path of an SUV driven by 18 year old Johnathon Stanton of Milan.  She was taken to Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville and then transferred to University Hospital in Columbia where she died from her injuries early Monday morning.

 

DRIVER HURT IN SUNDAY NIGHT WRECK

31 year old Danda Phalenson of Kirksville was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck that occurred at 6:50pm Sunday in Adair County.  The highway patrol said that he was on Lincoln Way when his vehicle traveled off the roadway, struck a ditch and overturned.  He was taken to Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville for treatment of minor injuries.

 

WOMAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN SUNDAY EVENING INCIDENT

A woman was seriously injured in an incident Sunday evening in Putnam County.  State troopers stated that a car driven by 32 year old Jimmy Pacheco Dzib of Princeton was on Highway 136 when it ran off the right side of the road and impacted a residence.  The person in the residence 79 year old Karen Torrey of Unionville was taken to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries.  The incident happened at around 11:25pm Sunday. 

 

 

 




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April 22, 2024

 

TEMPORARY CLOSURES SCHEDULED FOR KATY TRAIL OVER MISSOURI RIVER BRIDGE AT HERMANN

Two bridge rehabilitation projects began earlier this month on Missouri Route 19 in Montgomery County, located over the Missouri River and the Loutre River north of Hermann.

As work progresses on the bridge rehabilitation projects, cyclists and pedestrians wishing to access the Katy Trail on Missouri Route 19, over the Missouri River at Hermann, will be impacted by temporary closures of the shared use path.  As early as Monday, painting and deck sealing operations will necessitate daily closures of the path, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Temporary traffic impacts will continue between Missouri Route 94, south of McKittrick, and Missouri Route 100 in Hermann.  Traffic will remain reduced to one lane during the day, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. (with the exception of Fridays in May, when all lanes will be open by noon).  Flaggers will direct motorists through the work zone.  For the duration of the project, a 12-foot width restriction will remain in place while workers are present.  All work is weather dependent and schedules are subject to change.

For the safety of the crews and the traveling public, we would like to remind drivers to be attentive in work zones and make smart, safe driving choices behind the wheel, including putting down your cell phone to eliminate distractions.  

Thomas Industrial Coatings, Inc. was awarded the contract earlier this year in the amount of $1,694,448. Work is scheduled to be completed by mid-summer.

 

GOV. PARSON ANNOUNCES JASON SUMNERS TO BE NEXT DIRECTOR OF MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION

On Friday, Governor Mike Parson announced that the Missouri Conservation Commission has selected Jason Sumners as the next director of the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), effective June 1, 2024.  Sumners currently serves as the deputy director of resource management for MDC and will succeed Sara Parker Pauley, who will retire after 30 years of public service.  Sumners will become the tenth director in the Conservation Department’s 87-year history.

 

MDC ENCOURAGES PUBLIC TO LEAVE WILDLIFE WILD

The spring season brings blooms, sunny skies, warmer temperatures, and a variety of newborn animals. Young wildlife can pull on our heartstrings as they look to be abandoned, but that’s rarely the case. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reminds the public that the best place for wildlife is in the wild.  A common newborn species we may encounter in the spring is young birds.

“If you see a chick with feathers hopping on the ground, leave it alone because it’s a fledgling and its parents are nearby keeping watch,” Russell urged. “Fledglings can spend up to 10 days on the ground learning to fly. If you find one that has no feathers, it likely fell out of its nest and you can return it to the nesting area if possible.”

Another animal Russell warns against interfering with is young rabbits.

"Rabbits seldom survive in captivity and can actually die of fright from being handled,” she explained.

MDC MYTHBUSTER: Human scent does not cause wild mothers to reject their young.

“It takes a lot of knowledge to care for and rehabilitate wild animals,” stressed Russell. “It requires special training, permits, and facilities. Not to mention, it’s illegal to possess many wild animals without a valid state or federal permit.”

Russell also cautioned that wildlife can become dangerous as they mature, and can carry disease, parasites, and cause property damage.

“We know people have good intentions, and it can be tempting to take these cute, young animals in our homes, but the best thing we can do for wild animals is to leave them be,” she said.

To learn more about Missouri’s native wildlife, visit the MDC online Field Guide at https://nature.mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/field-guide/search.

 

 




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April 19, 2024

 

MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING ACCIDENT

A Moscow Mills man was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at 12am Wednesday in Pike County.  The patrol says that 41 year old Derek Wolfe was on Highway PP when his truck traveled off the right side of the roadway, he overcorrected, crossed the center of the road, went off the left side, struck a tree and overturned, ejecting him from it.  He was transported by Survival Flight to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis with serious injuries.

 

WOMAN HURT IN WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON WRECK

30 year old Brittany Miller of Brookfield was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Wednesday afternoon in Adair County.  The highway patrol said it happened at 1:30pm as she was on US 63 when her SUV ran off the left side of the road and struck a guardrail.  She was taken to Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville for treatment of minor injuries.

 

MODOT HIRING WORKERS AT JOB FAIR IN SHELBINA

The Missouri Department of Transportation Northeast District Office will host a job fair to hire multiple full-time positions including:  Maintenance workers, Highway designer/Civil Engineer, signal/Lighting electricians, and mechanics/equipment technicians. The event will be from 10am – 2pm  Saturday, April 20, at the MoDOT Shelbina Maintenance Facility, 213 N. Douglas, Shelbina, MO 63468.

MoDOT offers full training and benefits including medical insurance, paid annual and sick leave, educational assistance, paid holidays and more. 

MoDOT is a diverse workplace dedicated to safety and personal and professional development.

Applicant information:

Bring a valid driver’s license.

Applications can be completed on-site or ahead of time at modot.org/careers. An active email address will be required.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma/GED and a valid driver's license.

If offered a position, applicants also must successfully complete a criminal background check, drug screening, work simulation and physical at a separately scheduled date and time.

 

 




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April 18, 2024

 

14 BRIDGES IN NORTHEAST MISSOURI SCHEDULED FOR REHABILITATION

Weather permitting, the week of April 22, bridge rehabilitation work is set to begin on 14 rural Northeast Missouri bridges, a project that spans six counties. The Missouri Department of Transportation has contracted with Capital Paving & Construction, LLC to complete the projects which includes bridges in Audrain, Lincoln, Marion, Montgomery, Pike and Ralls counties. These bridges were included in the Safe and Sound Bridge program which rebuilt more than 800 bridges approximately 12 years ago.

Locations are as follows:

Audrain County, Route B - Over Branch Lick Creek, 2.7 miles from Route J

Audrain County, Route D - Over Scattering Fork, 2.07 miles from Missouri Route 15

Audrain County, Route FF - Over Davis Creek, 0.5 mile from Route M

Lincoln County, Route V - Over Sugar Creek, 0.98 mile from U.S. Route 61

Marion County, Route D - Over South Fabius River, 0.69 mile from Route M

Monroe County, Route Y - Over Reese Fork in Audrain County, 0.71 mile from Route NN

Montgomery County, Route AA - Over Coon Creek, 0.63 mile from Route PP

Pike County, Route H - Over Little Ramsey Creek, 1.8 miles from Route W in Paynesville

Pike County, Route W - Over Guinns Creek, 1.16 miles from Route F

Pike County, Route W - Over Ramsey Creek, 0.39 mile from Route WW

Pike County, Route AC - Over Sandy Creek, 2.24 miles from Missouri Route 161 in Middletown

Pike County, Route M - Over South Branch Indian Creek, 0.34 mile from Route V

Pike County, Route V - Over Indian Creek, 3.16 miles from Route M

Ralls County, Route P - Over Spencer Creek, 0.87 mile from Route K

Six phases are included in the scope of rehabilitation work. The contractor currently plans to complete a single phase on all bridges before progressing to the next phase of work. To minimize the overall impact to motorists, there will be brief work zones at each bridge while work is active.

During these time periods, flaggers will direct motorists through the one-lane work zones. A 10-foot width restriction will be in place while work zones are active. Crews will be present during daylight hours, Monday through Friday. All work is weather permitting, and schedules are subject to change. All work is scheduled to be completed by November 1.

A list and interactive map of all project locations within the contract can be found on the projects webpage at https://www.modot.org/SASNE.

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT NEWS

On Friday, April 12 at approximately 9:12pm, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 800 block of W Liberty in reference to a fire.  Responding personnel found flame coming from an unattached garage.  The fire was extinguished with the garage suffering serious damage.  None of the other nearby structures were damaged.  Investigation led to the arrest of Travis E Saylor, age 35, on Saturday, April 13 at approximately 3:40pm.  Mr. Saylor was processed at MPSD and taken to the Audrain County Jail for Arson 2nd degree.  Mr. Saylor suffered minor injuries from the fire.  No one else was injured.

 

On Saturday, April 13 at approximately 8:17pm, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 1700 block of S Clark Street in reference to a fire.  Responding personnel found that fire had spread from an unattended pile of burning brush and was moving through private property towards the roadway.  The fire was contained after burning less than a tenth of an acre.  There were no injuries from the incident.  

 

On Wednesday, April 10 the Mexico Public Safety Department took four reports of copper being stolen from air conditioner condenser units in the central business district area.  Investigation indicates that the damage and thefts occurred during the morning hours of the 9th and the 10th and that two white males were involved.  Anyone with information is asked to contact Mexico Public Safety at (573) 473-5800 or (573) 581-2100 or CRIMESTOPPERS at (800) 392-TIPS or (800) 392-8477.  CRIMESTOPPERS tips leading to an arrest or charges are eligible for reward.

 

MARCH 2024 MONTHLY JOBS REPORT

Missouri nonfarm payroll employment increased by 8,100 jobs in March 2024 and the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained at 3.3 percent. Private industry employment increased by 7,100 jobs and government employment increased by 1,000 jobs. Over the year, there was an increase of 54,200 jobs from March 2023 to March 2024 and the unemployment rate increased by half of a percentage point, from 2.8 percent in March 2023 to 3.3 percent in March 2024. Read the full report at https://meric.mo.gov/missouri-monthly-jobs-report

 

 




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April 17, 2024

 

TWO INJURED IN FRANKLIN COUNTY ACCIDENT

Two men were injured in an accident that occurred after 10pm Monday in Franklin County.  The patrol says that a truck driven by 40 year old Nicholas Hamilton of Washington was stopped at a stop sign on Horseshoe Bend Loop when he pulled out in front of a car driven by 34 year old Michael Williams of Union and they collided.  Williams sustained moderate injuries while Hamilton suffered minor injuries.  Both were taken to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment.

 

WOMAN HURT IN MONDAY NIGHT WRECK

A woman was hurt in a two-vehicle wreck Monday night in Ralls County.  The highway patrol said it happened at 5:50pm as two vehicles were westbound on US 36 when 32 year old Danielle Altheide of Quincy, IL attempted a left turn from the driving lane and her van struck a tractor trailer driven by 36 year old Bradley White of Shelbina.  She was transported by ambulance to Hannibal Regional Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

 

GOV. PARSON ORDERS FLAGS TO HALF-STAFF IN HONOR OF LAKE LAFAYETTE POLICE CHIEF STEVEN A. SINGER

On Tuesday, Governor Mike Parson ordered U.S. and Missouri flags to be flown at half-staff at government buildings in Lafayette County and all police stations in Missouri on Wednesday in honor of Lake Lafayette Police Department Chief Steven A. Singer.

“Chief Singer devoted 20 years of his life to protecting his community and was committed to advancing professional development among law enforcement investigators as an active member of the Missouri Investigators Association,” Governor Parson said. “We are grateful for his public service, and Teresa and I send our sincere condolences to his family and loved ones.”

On the evening of April 7, Chief Singer was on duty with the Lake Lafayette Police Department when he responded to a report of subjects trespassing near the dam of Lake Lafayette. When he arrived, the subjects fled on UTVs. Chief Singer searched for the subjects before clearing the call. He then suffered a fatal heart attack in the early morning hours of April 8.

Singer, 48, was a 20-year law enforcement veteran. He graduated from the University of Central Missouri's Police Academy on March 31, 2004, and in June 2004 joined the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office as a deputy and the Lake Lafayette Police Department as chief. He served as a deputy sheriff until June 2015.

Chief Singer had been a member of the Missouri Investigators Association since 2005 and had served as a member of the organization’s Membership Committee, Training Committee, and as vice president and president. He had also served in the Lafayette County Assessor’s Office, where he rose to the position of deputy assessor in September 2017 and continued to serve in that capacity.

The flags will be held at half-staff on the day of Chief Singer’s memorial service.

 

 




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April 16, 2024

 

MAN INJURED IN GASCONADE COUNTY ACCIDENT

A Linn man was injured in an accident that occurred at 4:05pm Sunday in Gasconade County.  The patrol says that 29 year old Lakin Stull was on Route Y when his motorcycle traveled off the left side of the roadway and overturned.  He was taken to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment of moderate injuries. 

 

DRIVER INJURED IN SUNDAY NIGHT WRECK

35 year old Adam Ritter of Vandalia was injured in a one-vehicle wreck Sunday night in Ralls County.  The highway patrol said it happened at 10:40pm as he was on Route F when he swerved to avoid a deer, causing his car to run off the right side of the road and struck a tree before coming to rest.  He sustained moderate injuries and was transported by ambulance to Hannibal Regional Hospital for treatment.

 

TEEN HURT IN ATV MISHAP

A teen was hurt in an ATV mishap Sunday evening in Ralls County.  MSHP stated that the 17 year old boy from Center was on North East Street when he attempted to jump a culvert on an ATV and was ejected from it.  He was taken to Hannibal Regional Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries.  The mishap occurred at 8:15pm Sunday.

 

HANNIBAL LICENSE OFFICE CONTRACT UP FOR BID

The Missouri Department of Revenue has announced the upcoming Request for Proposal (RFP) of the license office in Hannibal located at 21 Northport Plaza, Hannibal, Mo., 63401.  Bids started being accepted April 10, and must be submitted by April 23.

For a list of bid opportunities and bid response instructions, please visit Missouri’s statewide electronic procurement system, MissouriBUYS, at missouribuys.mo.gov/. Interested groups or individuals who wish to bid to operate the Hannibal License Office must have an active Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN) and must submit the proposal under the legal entity name for which the FEIN was assigned.

 

 




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April 15, 2024

 

PLANNED ROADWORK FOR NORTHEAST MISSOURI

The following is a list of general highway maintenance work the Missouri Department of Transportation has planned in the Northeast Missouri region for the next few weeks.

All road closures and planned roadwork may be viewed on the Traveler Information Map at http://traveler.modot.org/map/.

Inclement weather may cause schedule changes in some of the planned work. There may also be moving operations throughout the region, in addition to the work mentioned below.

Adair County

Missouri Route 11 – April 16, LANE RESTRICTION for seal coating operations from Beechwood Trail to Impala Trail between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Audrain County

Missouri Route 151 – April 25, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from CR 116 to CR 128 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Knox County

Missouri Route 6 – April 22, LANE RESTRICTION for bridge maintenance from 0.5 mile before the North Fork South Fabius River bridge to just after the North Fork South Fabius bridge between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. A 12-foot width restriction will be in place where crews are actively working.

Route K – April 23 – 24, CLOSED for bridge maintenance from Route EE to Eagle Avenue between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.

Route K – April 25, CLOSED for bridge maintenance from Elk Road to Elkhart Place between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Route V – April 15, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Colony Woods Place to Route V Spur between 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Route V – April 16, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Route V Spur to Emma Place between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Lincoln County

Route P – April 18, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Cross Road to Old Dameron Road between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Macon County

Missouri Route 3 – April 16, LANE RESTRICTION for seal coating operations from Chariton Street to Front Street between 10:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. A 10-foot width restriction will be in place where crews are actively working.

Route F – April 16, LANE RESTRICTION for seal coating operations from 1.0 mile north of Denver Place to Desoto Place between 12:00 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. A 10-foot width restriction will be in place where crews are actively working.

Route M – April 16, CLOSED for seal coating operations from 2.5 miles east of U.S. Route 63 to 3.0 miles east of U.S. Route 63 between 3:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Route Z – April 17 - 18, CLOSED for bridge maintenance from Cannon Street to Arizona Street between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.

Route AA – April 17 - 18, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Route K to National Avenue between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily.

Route AA – April 19, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from National Avenue to Nickle Avenue between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Route DD – April 16, CLOSED for seal coating operations from 3.0 miles east of U.S. Route 63 to 3.5 miles east of U.S. Route 63 between 2:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Route PP – April 16, CLOSED for seal coating operations from 3.5 miles east of U.S. Route 63 to 4.0 miles east of U.S. Route 63 between 1:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Route UU – April 16, CLOSED for seal coating operations from Old Highway 36 to Clarence Street 10:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

Marion County

U.S. Route 36 April 17, LANE RESTRICTION for patching operations from U.S. Route 61 to Harrison Hill in Hannibal between 2:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. A 12-foot width restriction will be in place where crews are actively working.

U.S. Route 36 (Westbound) – April 23, LANE RESTRICTION for patching operations from Route U to Route J between 2:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Monroe County

Route U – April 16, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from CR 477 to CR 469 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.

Route U – April 17, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from CR 469 to CR 463 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.

Route U – April 23, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from CR 455 to CR 465 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.

Route U – April 24 - 25, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from CR 436 to CR 450 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.

Montgomery County

Route K – April 22 - 25, CLOSED for core drilling operations from Missouri Route 19 to Route P between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.

Pike County

Route W – April 16, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from CR 220 to 0.50 mile south of CR 220 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Randolph County

U.S. Route 63 (Southbound) – April 15, LANE RESTRICTION for seal coating operations from 1.0 mile south of U.S. Route 24 to 1.5 miles south of U.S. Route 24 between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.

Route Z – April 16, LANE RESTRICTION for seal coating operations from 1.0 mile west of Route C to 1.5 miles west of Route C between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m.

Schuyler County

Route H – April 16, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Goober Run Road to Lick Skillet Drive between 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Route V – April 17, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Route D to Hilliard Avenue between 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Route W – April 22 - 23, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Wabash Street to Hoot Owl Ridge between 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily.

Scotland County

Route A – April 17, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from CR 161 to CR 155 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Route A - April 18, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from CR 108 to CR 116 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Route A – April 19, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from State Street to Arcade Street between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Route H - April 23, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from CR 460 to CR 470 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Route H - April 24, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from CR 708 to Route N between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Route H - April 25, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from CR 716 to CR 803 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Route EE - April 26, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Missouri Route 15 to CR 817 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Route RA - April 22, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Route U to CR 116 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Shelby County

Route KK – April 15 - 16, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from CR 201 to CR 207 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily.

Warren County

I-70 (Westbound)April 15 – 16, LANE RESTRICTION will be in place on westbound I-70 in Warren County beginning at the Missouri Route 47/I-70 interchange for surveying work, extending approximately 3,900 feet beginning at 9:00 p.m. on Monday, April 15th through 6:00 a.m. on April 16th.

I-70 (Westbound) – April 15 – 16, LANE RESTRICTION will be in place on westbound I-70 in Warren County, approximately one-half mile east of Wright City interchange for surveying work, beginning at 9:00 p.m. on Monday, April 15th through 6:00 a.m. on April 16th.

Missouri Route 94April 15 – 16, CLOSED for bridge maintenance from Massas Creek Road to Route B between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.

 

MODOT: DISTRACTED DRIVING AFFECTS EVERYONE, “WORK WITH US” IN WORK ZONES

In 2023, 35 fatalities occurred in work zone crashes, the highest number of work zone fatalities in Missouri history. Distracted driving contributed to 588 work zone crashes and five of those fatalities. April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, with National Work Zone Awareness Week occurring April 15-19. MoDOT is asking motorists to “Work With Us” by making safe, responsible choices behind the wheel and slowing down when driving through work zones.

Using a cell phone while driving is now against the law in Missouri. The Siddens Bening hands free law, which took effect last August, prohibits drivers from physically holding or supporting a cell phone while driving; this includes sending or receiving texts and recording or watching videos. Drivers can face criminal charges for crashes that result in property damage, injury or death.

It’s not just a courtesy to slow down and move over for these work zones—it’s the law. Missouri’s Move Over law requires drivers to change lanes, if safe to do so, when approaching MoDOT vehicles, law enforcement vehicles and any other emergency vehicle with lights flashing. If drivers can’t change lanes safely, they must slow down as they pass the emergency vehicles. Drivers should be aware of changing traffic conditions, observe warning signs and merge before reaching lane closures.

In 2023 alone, MoDOT work zone vehicles with truck mounted attenuators were struck 63 times, an increase of 27 from the previous year. These crashes are almost always a result of drivers being distracted behind the wheel and/or driving too fast for the conditions.

At its core, the Buckle Up Phone Down initiative is about prioritizing personal safety.  Forty-five percent of those killed in work zone crashes last year were not wearing a seat belt and the overall unbelted fatality rate so far in 2024 is the highest recorded in recent years. Everyone carries the responsibility of personal safety. Wear your seat belt, put the phone down and help save lives on Missouri roadways.

 

MDC REPORTS YOUNG HUNTERS TOOK 3,721 TURKEYS OVER YOUTH WEEKEND

Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that young turkey hunters in Missouri harvested 3,721 birds over the past youth weekend, April 6 and 7. Top harvest counties were Gasconade with 92 birds harvested, Osage with 90 and Franklin with 89.

Young hunters checked 2,550 birds during the 2023 spring youth weekend.

"Favorable morning weather appears to have more than made up for some windy afternoons this year,” said MDC Turkey Biologist Nick Oakley. “Youth harvest increased by more than a thousand birds compared to the 2023 youth season and was the highest harvest total since 2017. Successively better hatches over the last several years have helped the turkey population stabilize and hunters are starting to see the results of that in the field.

Get more harvest information by county at extra.mdc.mo.gov/widgets/harvest_table/.

The regular spring turkey season runs April 15 through May 5. For more information on spring turkey hunting in Missouri, visit mdc.mo.gov/hunting-trapping/species/turkey.

 

 




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April 12, 2024

 

GOV. PARSON ANNOUNCES $5 MILLION IN EQUIPMENT GRANTS TO MISSOURI LAW ENFORCEMENT, FIRE SERVICE AND EMS PROVIDERS

On Wednesday, Governor Mike Parson announced that the Missouri Department of Public Safety has approved 70 grants totaling $5 million to law enforcement, fire service and EMS providers in class three counties across the state for new equipment to allow first responders to better respond to emergencies and provide additional protection as they do their jobs. 

Grant funded equipment includes patrol vehicles, mobile data terminals, body cameras, firefighter turnout gear, extrication equipment, ambulances, cardiac monitors, pediatric resuscitation devices, and emergency communications radios.

“Across our state, Missouri first responders bravely respond to emergencies, including floods, droughts, train derailments, traffic accidents, and beyond. In times of crisis, we call on them, and we could not be more proud,” said Governor Parson. “These grants will provide vitally important equipment to help law enforcement officers, firefighters, and EMS personnel do their jobs more effectively and make our Missouri communities safer.”

Grants were awarded as follows (the complete list of recipients and grants amounts is available here):

  • Fire Safety: A total of 35 fire service agencies have been approved to receive a total of over $1,380,000 for equipment, including self-contained breathing apparatus and cylinders, thermal imaging cameras, turnout gear, extrication equipment, firefighting tanker trucks, support vehicles, and interoperable radios.
  • EMS: A total of 18 emergency medical service providers have been approved to receive a total of over $2,880,000 for equipment, including ambulances, ambulance remounts, automatic compression devices, video laryngoscopes, cardiac monitors, pediatric resuscitation devices, training mannequins, laptops, and emergency communications radios.
  • Law Enforcement: A total of 17 law enforcement agencies have been approved to receive a total of over $735,000 for equipment, including patrol vehicles, mobile data terminals, body cameras, prisoner transport cages, and interoperable communications radios.

MDC CHANGES TURKEY REGULATIONS FOR FALL HUNTING

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) announces changes to turkey hunting regulations for the fall seasons. The Missouri Conservation Commission gave final approval to the changes at its April 5 open meeting in Rolla.

The approved changes to fall turkey hunting will reduce the harvest limit from four to two birds of either sex and will now require both fall firearms turkey hunters and fall archery turkey hunters to purchase a fall turkey-hunting permit. Turkeys will no longer be included in the archery-deer permit.

According to MDC, the changes to fall turkey hunting regulations aim to reduce the fall harvest while maintaining as much opportunity for hunters as possible.

The Commission gave initial approval to the regulation changes at its December open meeting. The changes were then open for public comment from Feb. 2 through March 2. MDC received about 40 comments with most pertaining to the removal of turkeys from archery hunting permits.

The Commission previously approved MDC changes to shooting hours for the regular spring turkey season. Shooting hours are extended for private land only from a half-hour before sunrise to sunset. Shooting hours on public land will remain a half-hour before sunrise to 1 p.m. These changes are effective for the Spring 2024 turkey season. The annual youth spring turkey hunting portion will continue to have extended shooting hours from a half-hour before sunrise to sunset for both public and private land.

Learn more about turkey hunting in Missouri at mdc.mo.gov/hunting-trapping/species/turkey.

 

MOFB INSURANCE ANNOUNCES 9TH ANNUAL HOME RUN AGAINST HUNGER CAMPAIGN

The number of Missourians facing hunger would fit into Busch Stadium more than 15x. Missouri Farm Bureau Insurance (MOFBI) recognizes the need to obtain and distribute food to hungry families across the state. For the ninth consecutive year, insurance agents and producers, customer service representatives, regional coordinators and many volunteers are accepting donations now to April 30 at office locations across the state. The 2024 Home Run Against Hunger campaign is one of several events Missouri Farm Bureau Insurance organizes annually to help those in need.

Unfortunately, one in every eight Missouri children is faced with not knowing when they will eat their next meal on a regular basis. You can help provide hope by donating. Missouri’s food banks are working to provide relief to many families struggling to make ends meet, but they can’t do it alone. A donation of only $25 can provide up to 100 meals for our neighbors in need.

Help us fight hunger. The most-needed items include: canned meat, canned fruits and vegetables, beans, rice, cereal, peanut butter, soups and pasta. Drop off donations (food or funds) at your local county office between April 3 and April 30 or text MOFB2024 to 44-321. All donations serve local communities.

During the campaign’s final days, each MOFBI office will deliver donations to a local pantry. A statewide grand total of donations in pounds will be announced along with total monetary donations. Last year’s efforts garnered nearly 4.4 tons of food and over $16,100.

 

 




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April 11, 2024

 

WOMAN HURT IN CALLAWAY COUNTY ACCIDENT

A Montgomery City woman was hurt in a chain-reaction accident that occurred at 4:45pm Tuesday in Callaway County.  The patrol says that 21 year old Allie Klein was on US 54 when her car struck the rear of a car driven by an 18 year old boy from Centralia pushing his car into a truck driven by 62 year old Nicholas Parrish of Thompson.  Klein was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of minor injuries.

 

MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN TUESDAY NIGHT WRECK

A man was seriously injured in a two-vehicle wreck Tuesday night in Pike County.  The highway patrol said it happened at 6:35pm as a truck driven by a 16 year old boy from Bowling Green began to merge into the left turn lane of US 61 when it was struck in the rear by a car driven by 38 year old Justin Sipp of Fenton.  After impact the car skidded and overturned.  Sipp was transported by ambulance to SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital in Lake St. Louis with serious injuries.

 

CANADIAN MAN KILLED IN MOTORCYCLE CRASH

A Canadian man was killed in a motorcycle crash Tuesday evening in Warren County.  State troopers stated that 26 year old Kyler Jay of Alberta, Canada was westbound on I-70 and following behind an SUV driven by 51 year old Suzanne Lawson of St. Louis when he attempted to lane split between the SUV and a tractor trailer when his motorcycle struck the passenger side of the SUV.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.  The crash happened at 9:30pm Tuesday.

 

 




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April 10, 2024

 

TROY MAN KILLED IN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT IN LINCOLN COUNTY

A Troy man was killed in a motorcycle accident that occurred at 8pm Monday in Lincoln County.  The patrol says that 40 year old Michael Milberg was on Route U when he lost control of his motorcycle and it traveled off the left side of the roadway and ejected him from it.  He was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

 

WOMAN INJURED IN TUESDAY MORNING WRECK

A Monroe City woman was injured in a one-vehicle wreck Tuesday morning in Marion County.  The highway patrol said it happened at 9:45am as 71 year old Deborah Watson was on US 36 when she lost control of her truck and it traveled off the north side of the roadway and overturned in the median.  She was transported by ambulance to Hannibal Regional Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries. 

 

DRIVER HURT IN MONDAY AFTERNOON CRASH

25 year old Kenneth Sgrignuoli of Moberly was hurt in a Monday afternoon crash in Randolph County.  MSHP stated that he was on US 24 when his vehicle ran off the road.  He suffered minor injuries and was taken to Moberly Regional Medical Center for treatment.  The crash happened at around 4:55pm Monday.

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT NEWS

On Friday, April 5 at approximately 8:39pm, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 600 block of N Washington in reference to an aggressive dog.  Responding personnel found that a dog, whose owner lives in the area, was running loose when it attacked two dogs that were in a front yard on leashes.  As people attempted to separate the dogs, one person shot the attacking dog, injuring it.  One of the other dogs was killed during the attack and the other was injured.  Both dogs that survived the incident were taken for medical assistance and are expected to survive.  Mexico Public Safety and Mexico Animal Control are continuing to investigate.  Everyone is reminded that animal control laws are in place for the safety of all residents and animals.     

 

 




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April 9, 2024

 

TWO TEENS SERIOUSLY INJURED IN SATURDAY NIGHT CRASH

Two teens were seriously injured in a Saturday night crash in Callaway County.  State troopers stated that an 18 year old boy from Kingdom City was on Route F and driving too fast when he failed to negotiate a curve, causing his car to travel off the left side of the road, struck the ground twice and overturned, coming to rest on its top.  Both the driver and his passenger an 18 year old boy from Auxvasse were taken to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries.  The crash happened at around 11:20pm Saturday.

 

MAN INJURED IN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT

A Palmyra man was injured in a motorcycle accident that occurred at around 6:45pm Sunday in Marion County.  The patrol says that 38 year old Trey Tonnies was on Marion County Road 402 when he lost control and his motorcycle ran off the roadway.  He sustained moderate injuries and was taken to Hannibal Regional Hospital for treatment.

 

WOMAN HURT IN SUNDAY NIGHT WRECK

A Shelbina woman was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Sunday night in Monroe County.  The highway patrol said it happened at 11:05pm as 47 year old Dawn Rojas was a passenger in an SUV driven by a 16 year old girl from Clarence.  They were on Highway A when the teen stopped for a deer in the road and backed into a ditch.  Rojas was transported by ambulance to Hannibal Regional Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

STATE TO CARRY OUT SENTENCE OF BRIAN DORSEY

On Monday, Governor Mike Parson confirmed that the State of Missouri will carry out the sentence of Brian Dorsey on Tuesday as ordered by the Supreme Court of Missouri.

"Brian Dorsey punished his loving family for helping him in a time of need. His cousins invited him into their home where he was surrounded by family and friends, then gave him a place to stay. Dorsey repaid them with cruelty, inhumane violence, and murder," Governor Parson said. "The pain Dorsey brought to others can never be rectified, but carrying out Dorsey’s sentence according to Missouri law and the Court’s order will deliver justice and provide closure."

Dorsey murdered his cousin, Sarah Bonnie, and her husband, Ben Bonnie, in the middle of the night after they rescued Dorsey from drug dealers attempting to collect debts at Dorsey’s apartment earlier in the day. After he murdered them, Dorsey raped Sarah’s corpse as the Bonnies’, now-orphaned, four-year-old daughter slept in another room. Numerous jurors and courts have determined the judgment Dorsey received is an appropriate and legal sentence for his heinous crimes.

 

 




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April 8, 2024

 

PLANNED ROADWORK FOR NORTHEAST MISSOURI

The following is a list of general highway maintenance work the Missouri Department of Transportation has planned in the Northeast Missouri region for the next few weeks.

All road closures and planned roadwork may be viewed on the Traveler Information Map at http://traveler.modot.org/map/.

Inclement weather may cause schedule changes in some of the planned work. There may also be moving operations throughout the region, in addition to the work mentioned below.

 

Adair County

Missouri Route 11 – April 16, LANE RESTRICTION for seal coating operations from Beechwood Trail to Impala Trail between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

U.S. Route 63 – April 11, LANE RESTRICTION for seal coating operations from Shepherd Avenue to Route P between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Clark County

Route AA – April 8 – 10, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from 0.10 mile north of CR 117 to CR 52 between 8:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. daily.

Lincoln County

Route P – April 18, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Cross Road to Old Dameron Road between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Macon County

Missouri Route 3 – April 16, LANE RESTRICTION for seal coating operations from Chariton Street to Front Street between 10:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. A 10-foot width restriction will be in place where crews are actively working.

Route F – April 16, LANE RESTRICTION for seal coating operations from 1.0 mile north of Denver Place to Desoto Place between 12:00 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. A 10-foot width restriction will be in place where crews are actively working.

Route M – April 16, CLOSED for seal coating operations from 2.5 miles east of U.S. Route 63 to 3.0 miles east of U.S. Route 63 between 3:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Route P – April 16, LANE RESTRICTION for seal coating operations from Falcon Street to Puzzle Lane between 11:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. A 10-foot width restriction will be in place where crews are actively working.

Route Z – April 17 - 18, CLOSED for bridge maintenance from Cannon Street to Arizona Street between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.

Route AA – April 9 – 10, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Route K to National Avenue between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily.

Route AA – April 11, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from National Avenue to Nickle Avenue between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Route AA – April 17 - 18, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Route K to National Avenue between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily.

Route AA – April 19, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from National Avenue to Nickle Avenue between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Route DD – April 16, CLOSED for seal coating operations from 3.0 miles east of U.S. Route 63 to 3.5 miles east of U.S. Route 63 between 2:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Route PP – April 16, CLOSED for seal coating operations from 3.5 miles east of U.S. Route 63 to 4.0 miles east of U.S. Route 63 between 1:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Route UU – April 16, CLOSED for seal coating operations from Old Highway 36 to Clarence Street 10:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

Marion County

U.S. Route 36 – April 8 - 9, LANE RESTRICTION for bridge maintenance from the Illinois state line to Harrison Hill in Hannibal between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.

U.S. Route 36 – April 17, LANE RESTRICTION for patching operations from U.S. Route 61 to Harrison Hill in Hannibal between 2:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. A 12-foot width restriction will be in place where crews are actively working.

Monroe County

Route A – April 10-11, CLOSED for railroad maintenance from 4,500 and 4,750 feet north of U.S. Route 24 in Holliday between 7:00 a.m. on April 9 and will reopen at 6:00 p.m. on April 10.

Route U – April 16, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from CR 477 to CR 469 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.

Route U – April 17, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from CR 469 to CR 463 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.

Montgomery County

Route F – April 8, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Long Road to Manley Road between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Pike County

U.S. Route 61 (Southbound) – April 8 – 9, LANE RESTRICION for patching operations from Route HH to Route OO between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.

Route U – April 10, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from U.S. Route 61 to CR 36 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Route W – April 8 - 10, CLOSED for core drilling operations starting at 0.4 mile north of Route H to 0.6 north of Route H at the Little Ramsey Creek bridge between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.

Route W – April 16, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from CR 220 to 0.50 mile south of CR 220 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Ralls County

Route O – April 12, CLOSED for brush cutting operations from Mills Creek Place to Dow Trail between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Randolph County

U.S. Route 63 (Southbound) – April 15, LANE RESTRICTION for seal coating operations from 1.0 mile south of U.S. Route 24 to 1.5 miles south of U.S. Route 24 between 8:00a.m. and 10:00 a.m.

Route D – April 10, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Route C to 0.5 mile south of Route C between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Route D – April 11, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from 1.5 miles south of Route C to 2.0 miles south of Route C between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Route D – April 12, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from 2.0 miles south of Route C to 2.5 miles south of Route C between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Route Z – April 16, LANE RESTRICTION for seal coating operations from 1.0 mile west of Route C to 1.5 miles west of Route C between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m.

Route DD – April 9, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from CR 1310 to 0.5 mile south of CR 1310 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Schuyler County

Route C – April 8 - 10, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Route CC to Route N between 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily.

Route H – April 11, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Goober Run Road to Lick Skillet Drive between 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Shelby County

Route KK – April 12, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from CR 201 to CR 207 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Route KK – April 15 - 16, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from CR 201 to CR 207 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Warren County

Missouri Route 94 – April 15 – 16, CLOSED for bridge maintenance from Massas Creek Road to Route B between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.

 

NARCOTICS INVESTIGATION NETS TWO ARRESTS IN LIVINGSTON COUNTY

Over the last few months, Chillicothe Police Officers and Detectives have worked on a narcotics investigation.  As a result, Detectives filed for and were granted a Livingston County Search Warrant through the Livingston County Associate Court.  On Thursday April 4 at approximately 7am, a team of Officers and Detectives executed the Livingston County Search Warrant in the 200 block of Walnut Street.  As a result of this search warrant, Officers located narcotics and evidence of the use and distribution of narcotics in a protected location.

Two Chillicothe residents, a 42-year-old female of Chillicothe and a 44-year-old male, were arrested.  They were taken to the Law Enforcement Center where they were processed and transported to the Caldwell County Detention Center pending formal charges.  During the course of this investigation, a significant amount of Methamphetamine was confiscated and taken off the streets of Chillicothe, making the community a safer place for families and community members.  

 

SOLAR ECLIPSE & DRIVER EXAMINATION TESTING

Colonel Eric T. Olson, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, would like the public to be aware the upcoming solar eclipse may affect driver examination skills testing times.  The solar eclipse in Missouri is expected to begin at approximately 12:35pm, Monday April 8 and reach a total eclipse at 1:55pm in most areas.  The eclipse will be complete and end at approximately 3:14pm.  Some areas of Missouri will experience a total solar eclipse, while all areas of the state will experience a partial eclipse.  It is expected that interest in the solar eclipse will increase both vehicle and pedestrian traffic.  Drivers, who wish to take a skills test on April 8, should be aware that Driver Examination Stations may suspend testing during the solar eclipse in the interest of safety. Driver Examination Stations will post signs at locations open April 8, announcing any temporary suspension of testing.  Applicants who currently have a scheduled appointment during the eclipse will be contacted and given the opportunity to reschedule.  Note: CDL skills tests include pre-trip, basic, and road tests.

 

 

 

 

 




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April 5, 2024

 

DRIVERS INJURED IN WEDNESDAY NIGHT ACCIDENT

Both drivers were injured in an accident that occurred at 7:40pm Wednesday in Callaway County.  The patrol says that a 17 year old boy from Auxvasse was on US 54 when his SUV struck the rear of an SUV driven by 32 year old Shelby Stephan of Jefferson City.  The teen suffered minor injuries while the woman sustained moderate injuries.  Both were taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.  

 

WOMAN HURT IN BOONE COUNTY WRECK

63 year old Mary Back of Fulton was hurt in a two-vehicle wreck early Thursday morning in Boone County.  The highway patrol said it occurred at around 1:50am as she was westbound on I-70 when her SUV struck the towed unit of a semi which had overturned on to its left side from a previous crash that was blocking the roadway.  She sustained moderate injuries and was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.

 

THREE INJURED IN EARLY THURSDAY MORNING CRASH

Three people were injured in an early Thursday morning crash in Shelby County.  State troopers stated that a tractor trailer was parked on the shoulder of US 36 when it was struck in the rear by a freightliner driven by 45 year old William Watson of Nashville, GA.  Both Watson and his passenger 45 year old Sonya Watson were taken to Hannibal Regional Hospital for treatment of minor to moderate injuries respectively, while the man in the parked semi 32 year old Salim Munawari of Houston, TX was taken to Samaritan Hospital in Macon for treatment of minor injuries.  The crash happened at 4:40am Thursday.

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT NEWS

On Tuesday at approximately 9:52pm, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 1500 block of S Western St, in reference to gunshots being fired.  Responding personnel learned that Floyd W Dudley, age 36 of Mexico, was involved.  As investigation into what occurred continued, MPSD learned that between about 8:00pm on the 2nd and 8:00am on April 3rd, there were four incidents of Mr. Dudley shooting at houses and cars belonging to three different people in Mexico.  The three people all knew Mr. Dudley personally.  In addition, later in the morning of April 3rd, Mr. Dudley was in a physical altercation with another person at a house where he has stayed in the past.  No one was injured during any of these incidents.

 

An arrest warrant has been issued for Mr. Dudley for 1st Degree Assault.  Anyone with information about any of these incidents or about Mr. Dudley's location is asked to contact Mexico Public Safety at (573) 581-2100 or (573) 473-5800 or CRIMESTOPPERS at (800) 392-TIPS or (800) 392-8477.  CRIMESTOPPERS information leading to an arrest or conviction could result in a reward.

 

 




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April 4, 2024

 

UPDATE: ROUTE J IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY IS OPEN TO TRAFFIC

Route J in Montgomery County is open after being closed between Mineola and Big Spring Quarry Road due to flooding.

 

PEDESTRIAN SERIOUSLY INJURED AFTER BEING STRUCK IN AUDRAIN COUNTY

A pedestrian was seriously injured after being struck by a truck at 8:10pm Tuesday in Audrain County.  The patrol says that 27 year old Caleb Hotchkin of Odessa was on US 54 when his truck struck a man.  The man who was identified as 63 year old Terry Follis of Auxvasse was taken to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries.

 

APRIL IS NATIONAL SAFE DIGGING MONTH

Warmer weather usually means an increase in outside projects that may require digging or excavation work.  If you are building a deck, planting a tree, or completing a large project, Missouri law requires anyone digging underground to notify Missouri 811 (by calling 811 or placing a locate request online at www.missouri-811.org before any excavation begins.  The call will be taken by the Missouri 811 Call Center, which then notifies all relevant utilities in the project area.  Once Missouri 811 is notified, utility companies will mark the approximate location of their underground lines, request additional information or advise you that they do not have facilities at the excavation site.

Hitting an underground line can cause serious injury, it could disrupt service to you and other customers and it could potentially result in fines and repair costs.  The Missouri Public Service Commission reminds consumers to call before you dig. It’s free and it’s the law.

 

 




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April 3, 2024

 

AREA ROAD IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY CLOSED DUE TO FLOODING

Route J in Montgomery County is closed between Mineola and Big Spring Quarry Road due to water over the road.  Please do not drive through flooded roads.  

 

TEEN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN WARREN COUNTY ACCIDENT

A Wright City teen was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at 3:20pm Monday in Warren County.  The patrol says that the 16 year old boy was on Route H when his jeep traveled off the right side of the roadway, went over a private drive and became airborne, struck a tree, a utility pole, a guy wire and overturned, before hitting a tree.  He was taken to SSM Health St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis with serious injuries.

 

DRIVER SERIOUSLY INJURED IN MONDAY EVENING WRECK

A Bowling Green driver was seriously injured in a one-vehicle wreck Monday evening in Pike County.  The highway patrol said it occurred at 11pm as 61 year old Daniel Edmond was on the Outer Road of US 61 and driving too fast for weather conditions when his SUV ran off the road and struck a utility pole.  He was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis with serious injuries.

 

WOMAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN MONDAY NIGHT MISHAP

41 year old Amanda Weis of Fayette was seriously injured in a Monday night mishap in Howard County.  State troopers report that it happened at around 11:30pm as she was on 880 County Road 404 when her vehicle went off the left side of the road, struck a culvert and overturned.  She was taken to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries. 

 

TWO HURT IN MONDAY AFTERNOON CRASH

A woman and a baby boy from Greentop were hurt in a Monday afternoon crash in Adair County.  MSHP stated that 28 year old Natasha Findling was on Highway J when her car ran off the right side of the road and overturned several times. She sustained moderate injuries, while her passenger a 1 year old boy suffered minor injuries.  Both were taken to Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville for treatment.  The crash happened at 2:45pm Monday.

 

 




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April 2, 2024

 

RESURFACING WORK ONGOING AT ROUTE BB IN AUDRAIN AND MONTGOMERY COUNTIES

Weather permitting, a resurfacing project located on Route BB in Audrain and Montgomery counties, from U.S. Route 54 to Missouri Route 161, is ongoing.

The $4.7M contract, awarded last year to Magruder Paving, LLC of Troy, Missouri, includes several additional resurfacing projects scheduled to be completed by November 1, 2024:

 

  • Montgomery County, Route A – From Missouri Route 19 to Missouri Route 161 (In Progress)
  • Audrain/Montgomery County, Route AA – From Route BB to Missouri Route 19 in Wellsville (Mid-April start)

Traffic will be reduced to one lane with a 9-foot width restriction at the location where crews are actively working.  Flaggers and a pilot car will be utilized for traffic control to guide traffic through the work zone.  Workers will be present during daylight hours.  All work is weather dependent and schedules are subject to change.

 

MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN MONROE COUNTY ACCIDENT

A Hermann man was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at 1:50am Sunday in Monroe County.  The patrol says that 64 year old Clifford Deatsch was on MO 15 when his vehicle traveled off the left side of the roadway, struck a driveway, became airborne and overturned, ejecting him from it.  He was air-lifted by Air Evac to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries. 

 

DRIVER SERIOUSLY INJURED IN SUNDAY MORNING WRECK

29 year old Jared Bourque of New Iberia, Louisiana was seriously injured in a one-vehicle wreck Sunday morning in Macon County.  The highway patrol said it happened at 7:30am as he was on Highway 156 three miles east of La Plata when the U Haul truck he was driving ran off the left side of the road, struck the ground and overturned.  He was taken to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries.

 

ONE KILLED, TWO INJURED IN SUNDAY NIGHT CRASH

A woman was killed, while two others were injured in a Sunday night crash in Clark County.  MSHP stated that 70 year old John Briggs of Kahoka was on Route B at Route C when he failed to stop at a stop sign and entered the path of a truck driven by a 17 year old girl from Kahoka and her truck struck the passenger side of his truck.  A passenger in Briggs’s truck 71 year old Linda Smith of Kahoka was pronounced dead at the scene, meanwhile another passenger 56 year old Riva Weir of Keokuk, IA was taken to Blessing Hospital in Quincy, IL with serious injuries.  Briggs sustained moderate injuries and was taken to Fort Madison Community Hospital for treatment.  The crash occurred at 8:10pm Sunday.

 

 




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April 1, 2024

 

PLANNED ROADWORK FOR NORTHEAST MISSOURI

The following is a list of general highway maintenance work the Missouri Department of Transportation has planned in the Northeast Missouri region for the next few weeks.

All road closures and planned roadwork may be viewed on the Traveler Information Map at http://traveler.modot.org/map/.

Inclement weather may cause schedule changes in some of the planned work. There may also be moving operations throughout the region, in addition to the work mentioned below. MoDOT asks drivers to work with us by buckling up, putting your phone down, slowing down and moving over in work zones.

Adair County

Missouri Route 11 – April 1 – April 5, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Route J to Shingle Oak Way between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily Monday through Friday.

Audrain County

Missouri Route 151 – April 1, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Missouri Route 22 to CR 128 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Clark County

Route AA – April 8 – 10, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from 0.10 miles north of CR 117 to CR 52 between 8:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. daily.

Knox County

Route V – April 1, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Colony Woods Place to Route K between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Lewis County

Route DD – April 1 - 3, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Route 6 to 230th Street between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily.

Macon County

Route AA – April 9 – 10, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Route K to National Avenue between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily.

Route AA – April 11, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from National Avenue to Nickle Avenue between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Marion County

U.S. Route 36 – April 5, LANE RESTRICTION for bridge maintenance from the Illinois state line to Harrison Hill between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Monroe County

Route A – April 9 – 10, CLOSED for railroad maintenance from 4,500 and 4,750 feet north of U.S. Route 24 in Holliday between 7:00 a.m. on April 9 and will reopen at 6:00 p.m. on April 10.

Route U – April 4 - 8, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from 0.50 miles west of Route 107 to 0.50 miles east of CR 479 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily Monday through Friday.

Montgomery County

Route F – April 1, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Long Road to Manley Road between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Route F – April 2, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Route JJ to Fairview Road between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Route F – April 3, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Route V to Davis Road between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Pike County

U.S. Route 61 (Southbound) – April 8 – 9, LANE RESTRICION for patching operations from Route HH to Route OO between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.

Route W – April 2 – 4, CLOSED for core drilling operations starting at 0.4 miles north of Route H to 0.6 north of Route H at the Little Ramsey Creek bridge between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.

Route W – April 8 - 10, CLOSED for core drilling operations starting at 0.4 miles north of Route H to 0.6 north of Route H at the Little Ramsey Creek bridge between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.

Ralls County

Route O – April 12, CLOSED for brush cutting operations from Mills Creek Place to Dow Trail between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Randolph County

Route D – April 10, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Route C to 0.5 miles south of Route C between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Route D – April 11, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from 1.5 miles south of Route C to 2.0 miles south of Route C between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Route D – April 12, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from 2.0 miles south of Route C to 2.5 miles south of Route C between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Route DD – April 9, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from CR 1310 to 1.5 miles south of CR 1310 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Schuyler County

Route C – April 5, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Route CC to North Tower Avenue between 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Route C – April 8 - 10, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Route CC to Route N between 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily.

Route H – April 11, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Goober Run Road to Lick Skillet Drive between 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Route P – April 2 – 4, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from U.S. Route 63 to Woodys Drive between 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily.

Shelby County

Route P – April 1, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Missouri Route 15 to the end of state maintenance between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Route KK – April 12, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from CR 201 to CR 207 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

 

MOBERLY POLICE DEPARTMENT NEWS

On Thursday March 28 at approximately 7:45pm, Moberly Officers responded to the 700 block of Franklin St in reference to gunfire in the area. While in route, Officers learned of a physical altercation at the same residence with a male who fled the area on foot.

 

Upon arrival, Officers located a male juvenile south of the residence. The subject was determined to be involved in the altercation and was detained. Officers returned to the residence and contacted numerous individuals.

 

It was determined that a firearm was discharged inside the residence during a physical altercation. The altercation moved outside, and another firearm was discharged. One female subject was treated on scene for minor injuries.

 

Moberly Detectives were called to the scene, and they later executed a search warrant.

 

Four adults and three juveniles were detained and transported to the Moberly Police Department. The juveniles were turned over to their guardians and the Randolph County Juvenile Office. The adults were released from custody pending formal charges. The investigation is ongoing.

 

Moberly Officers were assisted by Randolph County Deputies.

 

Confluence Rivers To Acquire Lake Sherwood Water And Sewer Systems

The Missouri Public Service Commission has approved, with conditions, an application filed by Confluence Rivers Utility Operating Company, Inc. (Confluence) seeking authority to acquire and operate the water and sewer systems of Lake Sherwood Estates Association (Lake Sherwood) in Warren County. The Commission has also granted a certificate of convenience and necessity (CCN) to Confluence to operate the water and sewer systems, subject to certain conditions. Lake Sherwood held an election on July 10, 2023, and voted to approve the sale of the Lake Sherwood assets.

The Commission determined: 1) There is a need for the service; 2) Confluence is qualified to provide the proposed service; 3) Confluence has the financial ability to provide the service; 4) The proposal is economically feasible; and 5) The service promotes the public interest. “Based on the application and Staff’s recommendations, the Commission concludes that the factors for granting a certificate of convenience and necessity to Confluence have been satisfied and that, with the reasonable and necessary conditions set out by Staff, it is in the public interest for Confluence to provide water and sewer service to Lake Sherwood,” said the Commission.

Lake Sherwood currently charges $13.65 per month for water with an additional $4.10 per additional 1,000 gallons used. Lake Sherwood currently charges a fixed fee of $31.52 per month for wastewater. Confluence proposes to adopt the existing water and sewer rates for Lake Sherwood until such time as the rates are modified according to law. According to the application, Confluence provides water service to approximately 5,200 customers and sewer service to approximately 5,100 customers in Missouri. Lake Sherwood provides water and sewer services to approximately 492 customers in Warren County.

 

 

 




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March 29, 2024

 

BRIDGE REHABILITION PROJECTS SCHEDULED ON MISSOURI ROUTE 19 NORTH OF HERMANN

Weather permitting, April 3, two bridge rehabilitation projects are scheduled to begin on Missouri Route 19 in Montgomery County, located over the Missouri River and the Loutre River north of Hermann.

Temporary traffic impacts will occur at the bridge locations between Missouri Route 94, south of McKittrick, and Missouri Route 100 in Hermann.  Traffic will be reduced to one lane during the day at the location where crews are actively working for the duration of the project. Flaggers and a pilot car will direct motorists through the work zone. Workers will be present Monday through Friday during daylight hours. A 12-foot width restriction will be in place for the duration of the project. All work is weather dependent and schedules are subject to change.

 

SAFETY IS IMPORTANT DURING TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE

The Missouri State Highway Patrol asks the public to be aware of and plan for the total solar eclipse on Monday, April 8. The viewing path in Missouri will cover more than 115 miles of the state. Totality enters Missouri as it will follow a diagonal line crossing over Poplar Bluff, MO, and exit Missouri at Cape Girardeau, MO, as it crosses the Mississippi River at 2:04 p.m. Thousands of visitors are expected to arrive in the days leading up to the event. This influx of additional motorists will affect traffic patterns. Please plan your trip accordingly.

To avoid the heaviest traffic when traveling for the event, it will be helpful to leave early and plan to remain at your viewing location until a period after the eclipse to avoid any congestion afterwards. For the most up-to-date information on the roads, visit the Patrol's website,
www.statepatrol.dps.mo.gov, to check road conditions on MoDOT’s Traveler Information Map or download the Traveler Information Map to your smart device.

The Patrol reminds every driver to pay attention, obey all traffic laws, and wear a seat belt.

Additional safe driving tips include:

· Don’t stop along the interstate or park on the shoulder.
· Find a safe location to view the event and get there early.
· Don’t take photographs while driving.
· Turn your headlights on and do not rely on your automatic headlights.
· Prepare for extra congestion, especially on interstates, on the day before, day of and day after the eclipse.
· Watch out for increased pedestrian traffic along smaller roads. People may randomly park and walk alongside roads in the hour before the total eclipse to get the best viewing.
· Avoid travel during the eclipse or in the area of the path of totality if you can.
· Never wear eclipse glasses when driving a car or operating a boat.
· Make sure your vehicle is in good condition and has a full tank of gas.
· Bring along water and snacks in your vehicle.

If you have planned a day on the water for April 8, make sure your boat has the proper lighting if you will be on the water during the eclipse. It will become quite dark. Be aware of your surroundings and what hazards exist near your boat leading up to the eclipse, so you're prepared when the eclipse occurs. Always keep a safe distance between yourself and other boaters. Swimmers will be hard to see as the eclipse occurs.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol is available to assist you. Should you need emergency assistance, see an impaired or careless driver, or if you see a crime being committed, call 1-800-525-5555 or *55 on a cell phone. The number is toll-free and rings at the nearest Highway Patrol troop headquarters.

 

MISSOURI BROADBAND AVAILABILITY CHALLENGE PROCESS NOW OPEN UNTIL APRIL 23

The Department of Economic Development’s (DED) Office of Broadband Development (OBD) has announced that the Missouri Broadband Availability Challenge Process is now open and accepting challenges until April 23. The challenge process will assist in the investment of $1.7 billion in funding provided by the Broadband Equity Access and Deployment (BEAD) program.

The purpose of the challenge process is to finalize the eligibility of Missouri homes and businesses for funding through the BEAD program. It will allow Missourians and broadband stakeholders to provide evidence that the Missouri Broadband Availability Map does not accurately reflect the availability or quality of internet service at a given location. Through the challenge process, OBD will collect input important to achieving its goal of connecting all Missourians to quality, high-speed internet.

To assist challenge process participants, OBD has published a series of online resources that include a challenge portal user guide, data downloads reflecting the status of locations, the approved BEAD Initial Proposal Volume 1, and various how-to guides. These resources are currently available on OBD’s challenge process webpage.

During the challenge process, providers whose service is challenged will have 30 days to file rebuttal evidence. Any nonprofit, local government, or internet service provider interested in participating should register through the challenge portal. Providers reporting service in Missouri are encouraged to register so they will be notified of challenges and able to respond. Resubmission of challenges will only be accepted before April 23 and challenges rejected due to a lack of evidence or other reason after April 23 cannot be resubmitted. Challengers should consider submitting challenges as early as possible.

The Missouri Broadband Availability Map is now available at broadbandmap.mo.gov. Details on the challenge process, including helpful resources, are available at ded.mo.gov/office-broadband-development/challenge.

 

 




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March 28, 2024

 

TWO SERIOUSLY INJURED IN TUESDAY AFTERNOON ACCIDENT

Two people from St. Louis were seriously injured in an accident that occurred at around 1:45pm Tuesday in Franklin County.  The patrol says that 72 year old Bruce Canan was on US 50 when he suffered a medical emergency, causing his car to travel off the left side of the roadway, struck a rock wall and began ascending up the wall, went airborne and returned to the road on its top.  Both the driver and his passenger 70 year old Donna Canan were transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis with serious injuries.

 

ATTORNEY GENERAL BAILEY SUES CONTRACTOR FOR FRAUD IN BOONE COUNTY

Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey has announced that his office filed suit in Boone County against Anthony Walters, 36, for allegedly defrauding a consumer in connection with his business Anthony Walters Carpentry, LLC when he failed to provide promised home renovation services.
General Bailey’s lawsuit asserts that Walters promised to provide construction services and materials in exchange for advance payment. After taking payments from the consumer, Walters provided minimal services and materials, failed to complete the project, and failed to provide a refund.  The consumer’s loss is approximately $6,500.
General Bailey is seeking full restitution for the affected consumer, injunctive relief, and civil penalties.
Consumers who believe that they have been scammed by Anthony Walters or another contractor should file a complaint with the Missouri Attorney General’s Office by calling the Consumer Protection Hotline at 800-392-8222 or by submitting a complaint online at ago.mo.gov. 
The lawsuit can be viewed here:
https://ago.mo.gov/wp-content/uploads/2024.3.05-Anthony-Walters-Civil-Petition.pdf

 

MOBERLY POLICE DEPARTMENT NEWS

On Saturday March 23 at approximately 6:45am while on patrol, officers with the Moberly Police Department located an abandoned vehicle that was reported stolen out of Columbia, Missouri.  Further investigation revealed the driver of the vehicle was assaulted with a firearm in Columbia earlier in the morning and multiple subjects fled the scene in the victim’s vehicle.  

Moberly officers with the assistance of the community were able to locate a residence where the suspects were believed to be.  Four juveniles were taken into custody regarding the incident.  Three juveniles were released to Columbia Police Department and Boone County Juvenile Office.  The fourth juvenile was released to the Randolph County Juvenile Office.

 

 




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March 27, 2024

 

PLANNED ROADWORK FOR NORTHEAST MISSOURI

The following is a list of general highway maintenance work the Missouri Department of Transportation has planned in the Northeast Missouri region for the next few weeks.

All road closures and planned roadwork may be viewed on the Traveler Information Map at http://traveler.modot.org/map/.

Inclement weather may cause schedule changes in some of the planned work. There may also be moving operations throughout the region, in addition to the work mentioned below.

 

Adair County

Missouri Route 11 – March 26, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Sabboth Home Way to Route J between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Missouri Route 11 – March 27 – April 5, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Route J to Shingle Oak Way between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily Monday through Friday.

 

Audrain County

Missouri Route 151 – March 26, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from CR 148 to Route M between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.

Missouri Route 151 – March 27, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from CR 140 to CR 906 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Missouri Route 151 – March 28 - 29, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Missouri Route 22 to CR 128 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.

Missouri Route 151 – April 1, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Missouri Route 22 to CR 128 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

 

Knox County

Route V – March 26, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Colony Woods Place to Route K between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.

 

Lewis County

Route BB – March 26, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Route C to Missouri Route 16 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily.

Route DD – March 28 – 29, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Missouri Route 6 to 230th Street between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily.

 

Macon County

Route KK – March 26 - 27, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Nicollet Road to Olympic Avenue between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.

Route VV – March 26, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Bear Street to Bison Street between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

 

Monroe County

Missouri Route 151 – March 27, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from south of Route J to north of CR 1170 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

 

Montgomery County

Route CC – March 26, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Missouri Route 161 to Mayapple Road between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Route CC – March 27, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Mayapple Road to Floyd Road between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Route F - March 28 - 29, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Route V to Davis Road between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily.

Route F – April 1, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Long Road to Manley Road between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Route F – April 2, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Route JJ to Fairview Road between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

 

Pike County

Missouri Route 79 – March 26 - 29, CLOSED for brush cutting operations from Route TT to Route T between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.

Route B – March 18 - 29, CLOSED for bridge maintenance from U.S. Route 61 to CR 107 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.

Route U – March 28 - 29, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from CR 36 to CR 48 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.

Route W – April 1 – 4, CLOSED for core drilling operations starting at 0.4 miles north of Route H to 0.6 north of Route H at the Little Ramsey Creek bridge between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.

 

Randolph County

Route D – March 26, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Route BB to 0.5 miles north of Route BB between 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. 

Route D – March 27, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from 1.5 miles south of Route C to 2.0 miles south of Route C between 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Route D - March 28, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from 1.0 miles south of Route C to. 1.5 miles south of Route C between 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

 

Schuyler County

Route P – April 2 – 4, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from U.S. Route 63 to Woodys Drive between 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily.

 

Shelby County

Route P – April 1, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Missouri Route 15 to the end of state maintenance between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT NEWS

On Friday, March 22 at approximately 9:51pm, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 700 block of S Clark Street in reference to a kitchen fire.  Responding personnel found a fire on a stovetop which had burned some surrounding cabinets and items on a nearby counter.  The fire was extinguished with no further damage.  The resident stated she was cooking meat on the stove when she left the kitchen to go to the bathroom.  Her smoke detectors began sounding and she returned to find the fire.  The resident put flour on the fire, then exited and called 9-1-1.  There were no injuries from the incident.

 

MOBERLY POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORT

The following incidents/arrests were investigated by the Moberly Police Department between the hours of 7am on 3/22/24 and 7am 3/25/2024.

 

On March 23, 2024, at around 1:25am, a Moberly Officer observed a vehicle fail to stop at a stop sign near Rollins and Johnson St. The Officer stopped the vehicle, and a 34-year-old driver was placed under arrest for driving while intoxicated.

 

On March 24, 2024, at around 12:50am, a Moberly Officer observed a vehicle nearly strike another vehicle head on near the intersection of Johnson and Franklin St. The Officer stopped the vehicle, and a 53-year-old driver was placed under arrest for driving while intoxicated.

 

 




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March 26, 2024

 

NIGHTTIME GUARD CABLE REPAIR WORK SCHEDULED ON I-70 IN MONTGOMERY AND WARREN COUNTIES

Weather permitting, as early as March 25, contractor crews with CSD Environmental Services, Inc. will begin guard cable repair work on Interstate 70 in Montgomery and Warren counties.  Work will occur from the Callaway County line to the St. Charles County line, between mile marker 165 and mile marker 202.  All work will occur during the nighttime hours of 7pm to 6am through mid-April.  The repair work is weather dependent, and schedules are subject to change.

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT NEWS

On Friday, March 22 at approximately 2:54am, an alert resident reported suspicious activity in the south-central part of Mexico.  Responding officers located and attempted to detain five to seven people dressed in dark clothing seen running in the area.  The suspects escaped and a short time later, officers observed a white Toyota Camry leaving the area and exiting Mexico on Route FF.  The Audrain County Sheriff’s Office and Missouri State Highway Patrol were notified and a deputy saw the Camry on Missouri Highway 22 between Mexico and Centralia.  The Camry had been reported stolen from Columbia on March 17.  A pursuit went into Boone County before the Camry was abandoned and the suspects fled on foot.  The Centralia Police Department and Boone County Sheriff’s Office assisted as law enforcement attempted to locate the suspects.  No one has been located as of this time. 

 

MPSD has learned that at least five guns were stolen from at least three vehicles in Mexico.  The investigation into the events is ongoing.

 

Anyone with information is asked to contact CRIMESTOPPERS at (800) 392-TIPS or (800) 392-8477 or Mexico Public Safety at (573) 473-5800 or (573) 581-2100.  Information leading to an arrest could be eligible for a reward.   

 

MAN INJURED IN SUNDAY AFTERNOON ACCIDENT

A Union man was injured in an accident that occurred at around 4:45pm Sunday in Franklin County.  The patrol says that 29 year old Christopher Marrow was on MO 47 when he attempted to pass other vehicles and lost control of his motorcycle and it overturned several times, ejecting him from it.  He was taken to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment of moderate injuries. 

 

WOMAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN SUNDAY NIGHT WRECK

53 year old Wendy Ward of Kirksville was seriously injured in a one-vehicle wreck Sunday night in Adair County.  The highway patrol said it happened at 8pm as she was on US 63 when her SUV ran off the east side of the road, struck a ditch and overturned.  She was transported by ambulance to Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville with serious injuries.

 

 




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March 22, 2024

 

TWO WOMEN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN FRANKLIN COUNTY ACCIDENT

Two women from Bourbon, MO were seriously injured in an accident that occurred at 7:20am Wednesday in Franklin County.  The patrol says that a 17 year old boy from Sullivan was on Route H when he failed to yield and his truck struck a car driven by 48 year old Angela Ewanchen.  Both Ewanchen and her passenger 67 year old Anna Hager were taken to area hospitals with serious injuries.

 

WOMAN HURT IN WEDNESDAY MORNING WRECK

33 year old Sarah McGuire of Union was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Wednesday morning in Franklin County.  The highway patrol said it happened at 11:40am as she was on Missouri 185 when she failed to negotiate a curve and her SUV ran off the right side of the road into a ditch.  She was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment of minor injuries.

 

TEEN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN WEDNESDAY NIGHT ROLLOVER

A Hunnewell teen was seriously injured in a rollover crash Wednesday night in Shelby County.  State troopers stated that the 13 year old girl was riding a 4 wheeler on private property at 206 West Beech Street when she turned too sharply and it overturned.  She was taken to Hannibal Regional Hospital and then transferred to Cardinal Glennon Childrens Hospital in St. Louis with serious injuries.  The crash occurred at 6:30pm Wednesday.

 

MODOT TO HOST HIRING EVENT IN WAYLAND

The Missouri Department of Transportation Northeast District Office will host a job fair to hire multiple full-time positions including:  Maintenance Workers, Construction Technicians and Inspectors, Highway Designers, Signal/Lighting Electricians, Mechanics/Equipment Technicians and more. The event will be from 10 am – 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 2, at the MoDOT Wayland Maintenance Facility, 25779 Hwy 136 Spur, 0.6 mile south of Route 136, Kahoka, MO 63445.

MoDOT offers full training and benefits including medical insurance, paid annual and sick leave, educational assistance, paid holidays and more. 

MoDOT is a diverse workplace dedicated to safety and personal and professional development.

Applicant information:

  • Bring a valid driver’s license.
  • Applications can be completed on-site or ahead of time at modot.org/careers. An active email address will be required.
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma/GED and a valid driver's license.
  • If offered a position, applicants also must successfully complete a criminal background check, drug screening, work simulation and physical at a separately scheduled date and time.

To learn more about all open MoDOT career positions, or to apply, go to www.modot.org/careers.

 

 




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March 20, 2024

 

MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN ADAIR COUNTY ACCIDENT

A Kirksville man was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at around 1:40pm Monday in Adair County.  The patrol says that 72 year old Alan Davis was on MO 11 when he suffered a medical event, causing his car to travel off the south side of the roadway and struck a ditch.  He was air-lifted by helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries.

 

GOV. PARSON PROVIDES UPDATE ON MISSOURI DEPLOYMENT TO SOUTHERN BORDER

Governor Mike Parson has provided an update on Missouri personnel deployed to the Southern Border in Texas as part of Governor Greg Abbott's Operation Lone Star mission. Eleven Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) troopers have been supporting the Texas Department of Public Safety on the Southern Border since March 1, 2024. Missouri National Guard (MONG) members, totaling 48 soldiers, began supporting border security efforts this week on March 14 after receiving official orders on March 11. 

"Missourians understand there is a crisis at our Southern Border and that it's not just impacting the State of Texas. It seems like every week we are hearing of more and more fentanyl deaths and drug trafficking instances that are ripping Missouri families and communities apart. It stems from the chaos at our Southern Border, and it must stop," Governor Parson said. "While President Biden and the federal government fail to do anything, we're proud the State of Missouri is doing something. We extend our sincere thanks to our MSHP troopers and MONG service members for their efforts in addressing this crisis. Missouri stands with Texas, and we are taking action."

Below are updates from both MSHP and MONG deployments to the Southern Border. 

Missouri State Highway Patrol Border Deployment:

On March 1, 2024, 11 MSHP troopers traveled to southern Texas to assist the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) in providing law enforcement services in the area of the U.S. border. The team briefed at the Texas DPS South Region Office (3) in Weslaco, Texas, on March 3 and reported to its first assigned shift on March 4. 

MSHP troopers assisting Texas DPS troopers in the area of the U.S. border provided assistance with the following incidents/encounters from March 3-10:

Traffic Stops - 216

Undocumented Migrant Encounters - 193

Undocumented Migrant Turn-backs - 16

Impaired Driver and Drug Arrests - 9

Other Law Enforcement Assistance - 13 

In addition to the incidents above, on March 8, Missouri and Texas troopers assisted with a fatal National Guard helicopter crash that occurred within their area of operation. All five Missouri troopers working the night shift responded to the crash and assisted until released by military personnel. A Missouri trooper assisted with the scene security at the crash site the following day.

On March 14, Missouri troopers attended the funeral of Border Patrol Agent Chris Luna, 49, who was killed along with two members of the New York National Guard during the March 8 helicopter crash near Rio Grande City, Texas.  

Troopers from seven of the Patrol’s nine troops, the Division of Drug and Crime Control (DDCC), and the Field Operations Bureau (FOB) are serving in Texas

Missouri troopers assigned to the detail work 12-hour shifts, with each working shifts alongside a Texas DPS trooper. This allows for officer safety and operational efficiency. Routine calls for service include general law enforcement calls, traffic stops, response to alarms and camera activations, and assisting with warrant arrests. Officers routinely intercept undocumented migrants on foot and in vehicles and observe them until U.S. Customs & Border Protection officers respond to take custody. At times, officers encounter undocumented migrants who turn and cross back over the border before interception.

Marine operations-certified Missouri troopers have also joined the Texas DPS Tactical Marine Unit to familiarize themselves with DPS responsibilities on the Rio Grande River near Anzalduas Park.

Missouri National Guard:

The first group of MONG service members deployed on Tuesday, March 12, 2024, and began active support on Thursday, March 14. 

Forty-eight MONG service members deployed from across the State of Missouri, most of them based at armories in Lamar and Clinton. The majority of the troops volunteered to stay for the entire duration of the mission. Seventeen members of the group will rotate out in the latter part of April after being replaced by additional MONG service members.

The initial 48 Soldiers arrived in Texas on Tuesday and rested overnight at a Texas National Guard armory. On Wednesday, they completed travel and arrived at the assigned area of operations for orientation and a mission brief. 

On Thursday, MONG service members began working alongside Texas National Guard and law enforcement partners. MONG service members are assisting in the construction of physical barriers, manning observation posts, and supporting security patrols, as needed.

 

MISSOURI CAPTIVE INSURANCE INDUSTRY CONTINUES SUBSTANTIAL GROWTH IN 2023

The Missouri Captive Insurance Industry had another successful year, increasing its gross written premium by 142% in 2023. The amount of written premiums in 2022 were $3,543,681,320 vs. $8,600,492,937 in 2023. This growth is attributed to the quality and strength of the companies in Missouri, as well as the Missouri Department of Commerce and Insurance’s Captive Insurance Program's hands-on support of Missouri captive clients. 

While many state captive programs tout the number of clients they have as the mark of achievement, the department’s Captive Insurance Program takes a different approach - focusing on each captive’s quality and success. 

More information about the department’s Captive Insurance Program can be found at insurance.mo.gov/captive.

 

 




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March 19, 2024

 

PLANNED ROADWORK FOR NORTHEAST MISSOURI

The following is a list of general highway maintenance work the Missouri Department of Transportation has planned in the Northeast Missouri region for the next few weeks.

All road closures and planned roadwork may be viewed on the Traveler Information Map at http://traveler.modot.org/map/.

Inclement weather may cause schedule changes in some of the planned work. There may also be moving operations throughout the region, in addition to the work mentioned below.

Adair County

Missouri Route 11 – March 25, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Clay Way to Hazel Green Way between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Missouri Route 11 – March 26, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Sabboth Home Way to Route J between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

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Missouri Route 151 – March 18, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from CR 148 to Route M between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Missouri Route 151 – March 19, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from CR 140 to CR 906 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Missouri Route 151 – March 21 – 22, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Missouri Route 22 to CR 128 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.

Knox County

Missouri Route 15 – March 18 – 21, LANE RESTRICTION for bridge maintenance from 0.5 miles before to 0.5 miles after the Little Fabius River bridge between 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. A 10-foot width restriction will be in place where crews are actively working daily.

Route V - March 21, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Fritz Place to Route V spur between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Route V – March 22, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Entwine Place to Colony Woods Place between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Route V – March 25 - 26, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Colony Woods Place to Route K between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.

Lewis County

Route BB – March 25 – 26, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Route C to Missouri Route 16 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily.

Route DD – March 28 – 29, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Missouri Route 6 to 230th Street between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily.

Macon County

Route KK – March 18 - 19, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Olympic Avenue in Macon County to CR 201 in Shelby County between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.

Missouri Route 129 – March 19, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Birch Street to Coyote Road between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Missouri Route 129 – March 20, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Route WW to Armada Street between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Missouri Route 129 – March 21, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from U.S. Route 36 to Armada Street between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Route MM – March 20 - 21, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Nitengale Road to Ohio Avenue between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.

Route MM – March 22, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Ohio Avenue to Musket Street between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Route MM – March 25, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Ohio Avenue to Musket Street between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Route VV – March 26, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Bear Street to Bison Street between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Marion County

U.S. Route 36 – March 19 – 20, LANE RESTRICTION for bridge maintenance from the Illinois state line to Harrison Hill between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.

Monroe County

Missouri Route 151 – March 27, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from south of Route J to north of CR 1170 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Montgomery County

Route CC – March 26, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Missouri Route 161 to Mayapple Road between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Route CC – March 27, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Mayapple Road to Floyd Road between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Route F - March 28 - 29, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Route V and Davis Road between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily.

Pike County

Route B – March 18 - 29, CLOSED for bridge maintenance from U.S. Route 61 to CR 107 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.

Route U – March 28 - 29, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from CR 36 to CR 48 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.

Ralls County

Route T – March 18 - 22, CLOSED for brush cutting operations from Deer Lane to Missouri Route 79 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.

Randolph County

Route D – March 25, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Route BB to 0.5 miles north of Route BB between 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.  

Route D – March 26, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from 1.5 miles south of Route C to 2.0 miles south of Route C between 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Route D - March 27, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from 1.0 miles south of Route C to. 1.5 miles south of Route C between 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Scotland County

Route D – March 18, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from CR 605 to CR 309 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Route D - March 20, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from CR 307 to CR 601 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Shelby County

Route KK – March 18 - 19, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Olympic Avenue in Macon County to CR 201 in Shelby County between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.

 

MAN INJURED IN HOWARD COUNTY ACCIDENT

A Boonville man was injured in an accident that occurred at 12pm Sunday in Howard County.  The patrol says that 32 year old Quentin Perry was on MO 5 when he failed to negotiate a curve, causing his truck to travel off the right side of the roadway, struck a tree, overturned and came to rest on its top in a creek bed.  He was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

TEEN HURT IN SUNDAY AFTERNOON WRECK

A Ewing teen was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Sunday afternoon in Marion County.  MSHP stated that a 17 year old boy was on Route A when his car ran off the right side of the road and overturned.  He suffered minor injuries and was taken to Blessing Hospital in Quincy, IL for treatment.  The wreck happened at around 3:55pm Sunday.

 

TEEN INJURED IN SUNDAY NIGHT CRASH

A Kirksville teen was injured in a Sunday night crash in Macon County.  The highway patrol said it happened at 7:55pm as the 15 year old boy was a passenger in a truck driven by a 19 year old boy from Clarence.  They were on Vine Street Road when they lost control on a gravel road and their truck went off the left side of the road and struck a fence.  The Kirksville teen was taken to Samaritan Hospital in Macon for treatment of minor injuries.

 

 




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March 18, 2024

 

DRIVERS INJURED IN AUDRAIN COUNTY ACCIDENT

Two drivers were injured in an accident that occurred at 11:45am Saturday in Audrain County.  The patrol says that 61 year old Montalee Burks of Columbia was on US 54 when his car was struck in the rear by a car driven by 34 year old Lara Rangal Guadalupe of Fulton.  Both were transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

TWO SERIOUSLY INJURED IN SATURDAY AFTERNOON WRECK

A woman and a little girl from Lonedell were seriously injured in a one-vehicle wreck Saturday afternoon in Franklin County.  The highway patrol said it happened at around 4:10pm as 38 year old Stephenie Woods was on Old Highway K when she failed to maintain control of her truck and drove it off the left side of the road.  Both the woman and her passenger a 5 year old girl were taken to Mercy Hospital with serious injuries.

 

WOMAN HURT IN EARLY SUNDAY MORNING CRASH

A Bevier woman was hurt in an early Sunday morning crash in Macon County.  State troopers stated that 20 year old Patricia Watkins was on US 63 when she swerved to avoid a deer, causing her car to travel off the right side of the roadway and overturned.  She sustained minor injuries and was taken to Samaritan Hospital in Macon for treatment.  The crash occurred at 1:05am Sunday.

 

 




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March 15, 2024

 

NCMRWC WELCOMED USDA RURAL DEVELOPMENT OFFICIALS TO MILAN

Leadership and staff from the North Central Missouri Regional Water Commission (NCMRWC) were honored to welcome United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development (USDA RD) officials from both Washington, DC headquarters and State offices for a tour of federally funded water infrastructure investments in Missouri. The tour highlighted the Milan Water Treatment Plant and also the lake project improvements. The NCMWRC led tour of the Water Treatment Plant showcased approximately $2 million in enhancements currently underway, which, when completed aim to serve the needs of up to 10 Counties in North Central Missouri. Additionally, USDA RD is replacing two open bond issues held by NCMRWC, while also funding key elements of the Roy Blunt Reservoir. Without this significant federal investment, such critically needed improvement costs would otherwise be passed on to local ratepayers or Missouri taxpayers. A total of $54 million in USDA RD grants and loans will allow NCMRWC to accomplish improvement projects while maintaining affordable and stable rates for consumers. USDA RD recognized the need for the Roy Blunt Reservoir as a regional water supply and looked favorably upon NCMRWC’s grant and loan application.

 

MDC REMINDS SNAGGERS THAT PADDLEFISH SEASON BEGINS FRIDAY

Imagine catching a giant, prehistoric fish whose ancestors swam during the time of dinosaurs. That is a reality for thousands of paddlefish snaggers during Missouri’s annual spring paddlefish season. Missouri’s official state aquatic animal, the paddlefish is highly valued as a sport fish.

The season for the state’s major paddlefish waters -- Lake of the Ozarks, Harry S. Truman Reservoir, and Table Rock Lake – along with most other waters in the state runs March 15 through April 30. The season for the Mississippi River is March 15 through May 15 with a fall season of Sept. 15 through Dec. 15.

Paddlefish -- named for their large, paddle-shaped snouts -- are an ancient species that can grow to seven feet and weigh more than 100 pounds. Paddlefish swim slowly through water with their mouths wide open, collecting tiny crustaceans and insects in their elaborate, closely set gill rakers. The paddle-shaped snout functions as an electrosensory organ that allows it to sense plankton as it swims through water.

Because the giant fish eat tiny crustaceans and insects, they do not bite on traditional fishing hooks. They are usually caught through the practice of snagging where anglers drag large triple-sided hooks through the water to “snag” a fish in the body with the hooks.

A fishing permit is required for snagging and other allowed methods, unless exempt. The daily limit is two paddlefish, and the possession limit is four. No person shall continue to snag after taking a daily limit of two paddlefish.

The statewide minimum length limit is 32 inches -- measured from eye to fork of tail – with a minimum length limit of 34 inches for Lake of the Ozarks, Table Rock Lake, Harry S. Truman Reservoir, and their tributaries.

All paddlefish under the legal minimum length must be returned to the water unharmed immediately after being caught. MDC offers these tips for returning undersized fish:

Use landing nets, not gaffs, which can kill young fish.

Wet hands before handling fish and avoid excessive handling.

Never put fingers in the gills or eyes.

Remove hooks carefully and get undersized fish back into the water as quickly as possible.

Cleaning paddlefish while on the water, dumping the carcass overboard, and returning to shore with fillets and/or eggs is illegal. Extracted paddlefish eggs may not be possessed while on waters of the state or adjacent banks and may not be transported. Paddlefish eggs may not be bought, sold, or offered for sale. These regulations are necessary to confirm length-limit requirements and to address the illegal caviar trade.

Snaggers and others are allowed to haul paddlefish carcasses out by boat to deeper water for disposal under the following conditions:

The head, tail, etc. must remain intact so the fish could be measured if contacted by a conservation agent.

Extracted eggs must remain where the fish is cleaned and cannot be transported to deeper water for disposal.

Paddlefish fillets cannot be possessed or transported on the water.

Learn more about paddlefish, snagging regulations, snagging reports, and more at mdc.mo.gov/fishing/species/paddlefish.

 

MONASP 2024 STATE TOURNAMENT RETURNS MARCH 20 THRU 23 IN BRANSON

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation (MCHF) invite the public to support Missouri student archers at the 2024 Missouri National Archery in the Schools Program (MoNASP) State Tournament March 20-23 at the Branson Convention Center in Branson. MDC and MCHF will be hosting the 16th annual event.

The MoNASP State Tournament has seen tremendous growth and is the second largest state archery tournament in the nation. More than 4,700 Bullseye and 1,800 3D student archers from more than 200 schools across Missouri are scheduled to compete in the state tournament after shooting qualifying scores through various local MoNASP tournaments over the past year.

Trophies, medals, and scholarships, sponsored by MCHF, will be presented to the top teams and individuals at the state tournament. MCHF is awarding $30,000 in scholarships to the top five male and female archers in both the Bullseye and 3D Tournaments. These scholarships are awarded to students to be used for their education endeavors after high school graduation.

Missouri archers competing at the state tournament are eligible to participate in the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) Western and Eastern National Tournaments. Top teams and individuals will again be selected from the combined results of both national tournaments to have the chance to register for the Championship event. Top individual winners from the results of both national tournaments will compete for the NASP Scholarship Shoot-Off to be held at the end of the June Championship Tournament.

In addition to the traditional individual and team scholarships awarded at the national events, NASP will continue awarding up to 120 additional $500 bullseye scholarships randomly to participants. Upon graduation, archers can apply these funds to any post-secondary educational or training program of their choice. Learn more at nasptournaments.org.

Supporters are invited to attend the state tournament for a fee. In addition to the tournament competition, the event will include a variety of family-friendly activities for attendees such as turkey hunting seminars, Wonders of Wildlife animal encounters, bow case airbrushing, a tradeshow with a variety of vendors, and more. For details on activities, admission fees, hotels, volunteering, and more, visit MCHF online at mochf.org.

 

 

 




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March 14, 2024

 

TWO INJURED IN AUDRAIN COUNTY ACCIDENT

Two people from Thornton, IA were injured in an accident that occurred at around 11:45am Tuesday in Audrain County.  The patrol says that 28 year old Jessica Bluhm was on Route E when her tractor trailer traveled off the right side of the roadway and overturned.  Both the woman and her passenger a 7 year old girl were taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of minor injuries.

 

NIGHTTIME LANE RESTRICTIONS SCHEDULED ON I-70 IN MONTGOMERY AND WARREN COUNTIES

Weather permitting, as early as March 25, contractor crews with N.B. West Contracting Company will begin asphalt pavement repair work on the eastbound and westbound lanes of Interstate 70 in Montgomery and Warren counties. Work will occur from the Callaway County line to the St. Charles County line, between mile marker 167 and mile marker 202.

All work will occur during the nighttime hours of 7pm to 6am. Through late-March, motorists can expect intermittent delays as traffic will be reduced to one lane where work is occurring with a 10-foot width restriction in place where workers are present. All work is weather dependent, and schedules are subject to change. 

 

UNILEVER TO EXPAND IN JEFFERSON CITY, INVESTING MORE THAN $80 MILLION TO PRODUCE LIQUID I.V.

Unilever, one of the world’s largest consumer goods companies, has announced that it will expand its facility in Jefferson City, investing more than $80 million to add operations capabilities for the production of Liquid I.V., a brand within its Health & Wellbeing business. The company previously announced a separate $25 million investment in its Jefferson City facility in January.

As part of this expansion, Unilever will add automated operations to make products for Liquid I.V., a science-backed functional hydration brand that has become the number one powdered hydration brand in America. The product line features great-tasting, non-GMO electrolyte drink mixes to enhance rapid absorption of water and other key ingredients into the body.

Liquid I.V. was acquired by Unilever in October 2020, joining the fast-growing Health & Wellbeing global business. Liquid I.V. is now four times larger than it was in the period near acquisition and has helped Unilever’s Health & Wellbeing business deliver consistent growth.

The Jefferson City location, which has been in operation since 1966 and employs more than 450 workers, is the first Unilever facility to manufacture products for the Health & Wellbeing portfolio. The automated operations to produce Liquid I.V. include automated packaging lines, a blending room operation, and modifications to required infrastructure, such as heating and cooling.

 

 




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March 13, 2024

 

MAN KILLED IN WARREN COUNTY ACCIDENT

A man was killed in an accident that occurred at 11:40pm Monday in Warren County.  The patrol says that 34 year old Geoffrey Wiss of Jonesburg was a passenger in a vehicle driven by 34 year old Cherysse Tucker of Truxton.  They were on Massas Creek Road and traveling too fast on the gravel road when she lost control and it traveled off the left side of the roadway, struck several trees, overturned, ejecting him from it.  He was pronounced dead at the scene while the woman was taken to SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital in Lake St. Louis for treatment of minor injuries. 

 

MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN MONDAY AFTERNOON WRECK

42 year old Brandon Swisher of Kirksville was seriously injured in a one-vehicle wreck Monday afternoon in Lewis County.  State troopers stated that he was on Highway K when his tractor trailer went off the right side of the road and overturned coming to rest on the passenger side.  He was air-lifted to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries.  The wreck happened at 1:40pm Monday.

 

TWO INJURED, ONE SERIOUSLY IN MONDAY NIGHT CRASH

Two people were injured, one seriously in a Monday night crash in Macon County.  The highway patrol said it happened at 11pm as 50 year old Michelle Schwanke of New London, MO was on US 36 when her truck ran off the left side of the road, struck a guardrail and overturned.  She was not injured, but two passengers, a 13 year old girl from New London suffered minor injuries and was taken to Samaritan Hospital in Macon while 45 year old Charles Evans of Quincy, IL was taken to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries.

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT NEWS

Towards the end of January, the Mexico Public Safety Department received a report that Nickolas G Crum, age 18 of Mexico, was having inappropriate contact with a 13-year-old juvenile.  The report was investigated and a case was forwarded to the Audrain County Prosecuting Attorney for Statutory Rape and Statutory Sodomy.  An arrest warrant was issued on March 8 and MPSD arrested Crum and transported him to the Audrain County Jail without incident.  During the investigation, MPSD learned of another 13-year-old juvenile Crum had been in contact with.  That investigation will be completed and forwarded to the Prosecuting Attorney as well for possible additional charges.

 

 




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March 12, 2024

 

DRIVER HURT IN SUNDAY NIGHT CRASH

25 year old William Tihen of Washington was hurt in a Sunday night crash in Franklin County.  MSHP stated that he was on Route V when his truck was struck by an SUV driven by 80 year old Velma Miller of Pacific who failed to yield while attempting to turn onto eastbound Route V from Clearview Road. After impact the truck went off the road and overturned.  Tihen was taken to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment of minor injuries.  The crash happened at 5:30pm Sunday.

 

WOMAN HURT IN SUNDAY MORNING INCIDENT

A woman was hurt in a Sunday morning incident in Warren County.  The highway patrol said it happened at 8:35am as 21 year old Kierra Mathews Cruz of Florissant was in a car which was parked on the shoulder, disabled on eastbound I-70 when it was struck by an unknown vehicle which then left the scene.  She suffered minor injuries and was taken to SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital in Lake St. Louis for treatment.

 

TWO INJURED IN BOONE COUNTY ACCIDENT

Two women were injured in an accident that occurred at around 5:25am Sunday in Boone County.  The patrol says that 21 year old Oluwatoyin Adegbuyi of Columbia was on Route K when she swerved to avoid a deer and her car traveled off the roadway.  She was found to be intoxicated, but was released for medical treatment for minor injuries at Boone Hospital.  Meanwhile her passenger 21 year old Tiona Edwards of Columbia was also taken to Boone Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

JANUARY 2024 MONTHLY JOBS REPORT

Missouri nonfarm payroll employment decreased by 800 jobs in January 2024, and the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained unchanged from December at 3.3 percent. Private industry employment decreased by 300 jobs and government employment decreased by 500 jobs. Over the year, there was an increase of 42,100 jobs from January 2023 to January 2024, and the unemployment rate increased by half of a percentage point, from 2.8 percent in January 2023 to 3.3 percent in January 2024.

 

 




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March 11, 2024

 

DRIVERS INJURED IN AUDRAIN COUNTY ACCIDENT

Two drivers were injured in an accident that occurred at 10:55am Friday in Audrain County.  The patrol says that 40 year old Donald Mead of Walnut Grove attempted to make a left turn onto the US 54 bypass route and his truck pulled into the path of a car driven by 23 year old Maverick Knight of Mexico and they collided.  Knight was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of moderate injuries, while Mead refused treatment at the scene for minor injuries.

 

TWO TEENS HURT IN SATURDAY MORNING WRECK

Two teens were hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Saturday morning in Audrain County.  The highway patrol said it happened at around 8:40am as they were on Route B when the 18 year old boy from Silex fell asleep, causing the car to run off the left side of the road and struck several trees.  Both the boy and his passenger a 17 year old girl from Elsberry were transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of minor injuries.

 

TEEN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN EARLY SATURDAY MORNING CRASH

A teen was seriously injured in an early Saturday morning crash in Franklin County.  State troopers stated that the 15 year old boy was a passenger in a vehicle driven by a 16 year old boy.  They were on Jakes Prairie Road when they failed to negotiate a curve and it went off the left side of the road and overturned.  The teen was taken to Missouri Baptist Hospital in Sullivan with serious injuries.  The crash happened at 12:50am Saturday.

 

RESURFACING WORK SCHEDULED ON ROUTE A IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

Weather permitting, a resurfacing project located on Route A in Montgomery County, from Missouri Route 19 to Missouri Route 161, is expected to begin as early as March 18.

The $4.7M contract, awarded last year to Magruder Paving, LLC of Troy, Missouri, includes several additional resurfacing projects scheduled to be completed by November 1, 2024:

Audrain/Montgomery County, Route AA – From Route BB to Missouri Route 19 in Wellsville.

Audrain/Montgomery County, Route BB – From U.S. Route 54 to Missouri Route 161. 

Pike County, Route Y – From Business Route 61 in Bowling Green to the end of state maintenance (Complete)

Traffic will be reduced to one lane with a 9-foot width restriction at the location where crews are actively working.  Flaggers and a pilot car will be utilized for traffic control to guide traffic through the work zone. Workers will be present during daylight hours.  All work is weather dependent and schedules are subject to change.

 

 




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March 8, 2024

 

MODOT HIRING WORKERS AT JOB FAIR IN NEW FLORENCE

The Missouri Department of Transportation Northeast District Office will host a job fair to hire full-time maintenance workers, construction technicians and inspectors, highway designers, signal/lighting electricians, and mechanics/equipment technicians to start as soon as possible.  The event will be from 10am – 2pm Saturday, March 9, at the MoDOT New Florence Maintenance Facility, 540 Tree Farm Road, New Florence, MO, 65803.

MoDOT offers full training and benefits including medical insurance, paid annual and sick leave, educational assistance, paid holidays and more.  Applicants must be at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma/GED and a valid driver's license.  Applicants also must successfully complete a criminal background check, drug screening, work simulation and physical - comfortable clothing and closed-toe shoes for the job fair are encouraged.

All MoDOT career opportunity job postings can be found online at modot.org/careers.

 

COMMISSION AWARDS CONTRACTS FOR PROJECTS IN NORTHEAST DISTRICT

During its regular meeting on Wednesday, the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission awarded the following contracts for two bridge replacement projects in the Northeast District. 

  • A $861,268 contract was awarded to E & C Bridge, LLC, for a bridge replacement project on Route C, over Goodwater Creek, 1.8 miles north of Route T, near Centralia in Audrain County.
  • A $1.1M contract was awarded to Don Schnieders Excavating Company, Inc., for a bridge replacement project on Missouri Route 161, over Elkhorn Creek, 1.6 miles south of Route CC, near Buell in Montgomery County.

Additional information, regarding timelines and impacts to traffic, will be released prior to the start of construction.

 

MACON MAN ARRESTED FOR MULTIPLE SEX OFFENSES

The Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control has announced the arrest of 34 year old Johnathon S. Taylor of Macon. Taylor was arrested on Wednesday March 6 following investigations by the Troop B Criminal Investigative Unit.  

In February of 2021 and July of 2022, the La Plata Police Department requested the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control investigate two separate allegations involving the sexual assault of minor females, reported to have been committed by Taylor. Investigators learned that on several occasions beginning in 2017, Taylor had sexually assaulted two underage females at various locations in Macon County.  The Macon County Prosecuting Attorney requested the Missouri Attorney General’s Office as a special prosecutor in the cases against Taylor.  On Wednesday, the Missouri Attorney General’s Office formally charged Taylor with seven counts of 2nd degree statutory sodomy, six counts of 4th degree child molestation, one count of 2nd degree statutory rape, and one count of patronizing prostitution.  Taylor was taken into custody and transported to the Randolph County jail where he is currently being held without bond.  

 

THREE INJURED, ONE SERIOUSLY IN WEDNESDAY NIGHT ACCIDENT

Three people were injured, one seriously in an accident that occurred at around 7:45pm Wednesday in Adair County.  The patrol says that a truck driven by 59 year old Herbert Houf of Unionville was on US 63 when he failed to observe a tractor ridden by 20 year old Isaiah Bailey of Kirksville making a left turn and the truck struck the tractor in the rear.  Both men sustained minor injuries and Bailey was taken to Northeast Regional Medical Center for treatment, while Houf was going to seek his own treatment.  A passenger in the truck 67 year old Cynthia Edwards of Unionville was taken to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries.

 

 

 

 




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March 7, 2024

 

TEEN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN LINCOLN COUNTY ACCIDENT

A teen was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at 8:05pm Tuesday in Lincoln County.  The patrol says that 18 year old Jordyn Sheat of Old Monroe was eastbound on Route U when her SUV traveled off the right side of the roadway, she overcorrected, causing it to cross the center of the road and struck a truck driven by a Brooklyn, NY man.  She was transported by ambulance to SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital in Lake St. Louis with serious injuries. 

 

WOMAN HURT IN TUESDAY MORNING CRASH

59 year old Lenda Wachter of Kirksville was hurt in a Tuesday morning crash in Schuyler County.  The highway patrol said it happened at 11:30am as she was on US 63 when her vehicle was struck in the rear by a semi driven by 33 year old Drew Fountain of Kirksville.  She sustained minor injuries and was taken to Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville for treatment.

 

MDC WARNS NOT TO BURN OUTDOOR DEBRIS THAT COULD CAUSE A WILDFIRE

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reminds people that strong winds, low humidity, and dry conditions this time of year means extra caution is needed to avoid unexpected wildfires. According to MDC, a main cause of wildfires is improper burning of debris such as leaves or brush piles.

“It’s been drier and warmer than usual, which means fires could get out of control very quickly,” said MDC Fire Program Supervisor Ben Webster. “We want everyone to check weather conditions and be extremely careful when burning leaves or debris. Check with your local fire department regarding burn bans or Red Flag Warnings that may be in place because critical fire weather conditions are either occurring or will shortly.”

Areas of Missouri have already seen an increase in wildfire activity over the last week, mainly in the southern half of the state. MDC staff have been working with other agencies and area fire departments to contain numerous wildfires.

Help Prevent Wildfires

A person who starts a fire for any reason is responsible for any damage it may cause. MDC urges landowners, hunters, campers, and others in the outdoors to help prevent wildfires and offers the following tips.

OUTDOOR BURNING: Don’t burn during wrong conditions. Dry grass, high temperatures, low humidity, and wind make fire nearly impossible to control. Check with local fire departments regarding burn bans or Red Flag Warnings that may be in place because critical fire weather conditions are either occurring or will shortly.

DRIVING OFF ROAD: Wildfires can start when dry fuel, such as grass, comes in contact with catalytic converters. Think twice before driving into and across a grassy field. Never park over tall, dry grass or piles of leaves that can touch the underside of a vehicle. When driving vehicles off road, regularly inspect the undercarriage to ensure that fuel and brake lines are intact, and no oil leaks are apparent. Always carry an approved fire extinguisher on vehicles that are used off road. Check for the presence of spark arresters on ATV exhausts.

MAKING A CAMPFIRE: Clear a generous zone around fire rings. Store unused firewood a good distance from a campfire. Never use gasoline, kerosene, or other flammable liquid to start a fire. Keep campfires small and controllable. Keep fire-extinguishing materials, such as a rake, shovel, and bucket of water, close. Extinguish campfires each night and before leaving camp, even if it’s just for a few moments.

CALL FOR HELP: Call 911 at the first sign of a fire getting out of control.

REPORT FOREST ARSON: Wildfires are sometimes set by vandals. Help stop arson by calling 800-392-1111 and reporting any potential arson activities. Callers will remain anonymous, and rewards are possible.

For more information on preventing wildfires, go online to mdc.mo.gov/your-property/fire-management/wildfire-prevention.

 

 




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March 6, 2024

 

WARREN COUNTY SIDEWALK IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS SCHEDULED TO RESUME IN WARRENTON

Weather permitting, this week, contractor crews will resume work on the sidewalk improvement project on Missouri Route 47 in Warrenton from Veterans Memorial Parkway to East Walton Street.  Work began last fall then suspended due to winter conditions.

Motorists can expect 24-hour minor traffic impacts including a lane closure for one night only during the final stages of the project including signal work, clean-up and seeding. Flaggers will be utilized to direct motorists through the work zone. All work is expected to be completed by late March.

This work is being completed as part of MoDOT’s initiative for compliance with the current standards of the American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA).

This contract also includes sidewalk improvement projects in Warren County located on Route J in Wright City and Interstate 70 North Outer Road in Wright City as well as Montgomery County, located on Missouri Route 19 and Missouri Route 161 in Montgomery City, Missouri Route 161 in Middletown and Route CC and Route ZZ in Wellsville.

 

BRIDGE REPLACEMENT PROJECT IN MONROE COUNTY

A bridge replacement project in Monroe County will be affecting Middle Grove area residents and those traveling through the area. MoDOT says the Route M bridge over Milligan Creek, one mile west of Route Y, near Middle Grove is scheduled to close on March 11th and those who normally use the Route M bridge will have to find alternate routes. All work is scheduled to be completed by July 1st of this year. Bleigh Construction Company was awarded the contract last year for $1,182,615. For more information on this and other projects in the area, contact MoDOT’s Customer Center toll-free at 1-888-ASK MODOT (275-6636). You can also find out more about this project and others that may affect your travel planning on line at MoDOT dot org.

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT NEWS

On Saturday, March 2 at approximately 2:24pm, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 1300 block of E Anderson in reference to a grass fire.  Responding personnel found that a resident had been burning sticks and yard waste, and the fire spread and began moving across the yard.  The fire was extinguished before any buildings were damaged.  There were no injuries from the incident.

 

Residents are reminded that in Mexico you can only openly burn yard waste.  Not trash or construction material.  Further, if you are burning yard waste, the fire must be attended and a water source must be available to keep it under control.  Mexico does have the brush yard which is open for all residents to use.  Additionally, when the National Weather Service issues a Red Flag warning, that means it is a dangerous time to openly burn anything.  That is based off many factors that increase the risk of fire spread, like wind, humidity, and moisture in the ground. 

 

 




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March 5, 2024

 

MAN HURT IN SUNDAY NIGHT WRECK

36 year old Ronald Markiewicz of O’Fallon was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Sunday night in Franklin County.  The highway patrol said it happened at 8:25pm as he was on Prairie Dell Road when he failed to negotiate a curve, ran off the right side of the road and his truck struck a fence.  He sustained moderate injuries and was taken to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment.

 

WOMAN INJURED IN CALLAWAY COUNTY ACCIDENT

A Columbia woman was injured in an accident that occurred at 11:40am Sunday in Callaway County.  The patrol says that 48 year old Leah Klasing was on Highway UU when she failed to negotiate a curve, causing her motorcycle to travel off the right side of the roadway, struck a fence and ejected her from it.  She was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

SEVERE WEATHER PREPAREDNESS WEEK IS THIS WEEK

In April 2023, an EF-2 tornado swept through Bollinger County, Missouri, devastating a community and claiming the lives of five people. In July, two more people were killed in separate incidents after massive trees uprooted by a severe storm in the St. Louis area fell onto a house and a car. That same month, another individual was killed when a tree crushed a camper during a round of severe storms in southwest Missouri.

These tragedies all serve as reminders of the importance of being prepared for severe weather anytime, anywhere, and that it’s not just tornadoes that can prove deadly.

To encourage Missourians to prepare for severe weather and learn how to protect themselves, the National Weather Service, SEMA and local emergency managers will observe Severe Weather Preparedness Week March 4 – 8, 2024. Missouri’s annual statewide tornado drill will also be held on Wednesday, March 6 at 11am as part of the week’s preparedness activities. Some Missouri communities may choose to conduct the drill on a different day due to conflicting local events.

At 11am on the day of the tornado drill, NOAA Weather Radios set to receive the Routine Weekly Tests (RWTs) will alert listeners that the tornado drill has begun. Outdoor warning sirens will also sound across participating Missouri communities. At that time, participants should practice taking cover in a designated shelter area or an interior room on the lowest level of a secure structure.

 

Schools, businesses and families are all encouraged to participate in the drill. Educators are also encouraged to use the tornado drill as an opportunity to incorporate tornado facts, meteorological information and safety tips into their lesson plans.

 

NWS provides several safety tips and educational information about tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, flash flooding, lightning and the importance of NOAA Weather Radios on its Severe Weather Awareness Week page. Each day during the week will focus on a different safety message:

Monday, March 4 – Receiving Weather Information

Tuesday, March 5 – Lightning Safety

Wednesday, March 6 – Tornado Safety

Thursday, March 7 – Hail/Wind Safety

Friday, March 8 – Flood Safety

Remember these additional tips to stay safe during severe weather:

Follow local forecasts any time severe weather is anticipated. Have multiple ways to receive weather alerts in case one fails or if severe weather strikes overnight.

Create a family emergency plan to stay safe, and remember to include all pets when building an emergency kit and stocking up on supplies. Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it is also important to know how to contact one another and reconnect if separated. Establish a family meeting place that’s familiar and easy to find.

Missourians are also encouraged to utilize Missouri’s “Ready in 3” program to create a plan, prepare a kit and listen for information regarding severe weather emergencies – www.health.mo.gov/emergencies/readyin3.

 

 




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March 4, 2024

 

MAN SHOT AND KILLED IN CALLAWAY COUNTY INCIDENT

A man was shot and killed in an early Saturday morning incident in Callaway County.  The Callaway County Sheriff’s Office said that deputies were called to the 8000 block of State Road CC, outside of Steedman, at 1:41am.  They stated that a confrontation led to an employee of a business firing a gun which fatally shot a man.  The sheriff’s office did not provide any other information about what led to the shooting but did say that it was an isolated incident and that there is not a threat to the public.

 

TEEN IN CUSTODY FOR MURDER OF MACON MAN

A teen is in custody for the murder of a Macon man.  The Boone County Sheriff’s Office said a 15 year old was taken into custody for the death of Malik Jones. Jones was last seen on January 30 and on February 7 his family found his body in a wooded area on Creasy Springs Road in Columbia.  They stated that because the suspect was a juvenile, no more information would be released.

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT NEWS

On Thursday, February 29 at approximately 2pm, Mexico Public Safety officers began looking for the source of heavy smoke in the 1700 block of E Liberty Street.  Officers located an uncontrolled fire in a large wooded area containing a lot of dead timber, about ¾ of a mile south of Liberty Street.  Additional MPSD personnel were called to the scene and Little Dixie Fire Protection District responded to a mutual aid request.  The fire was stopped from advancing any further to the north or onto neighboring properties.  MPSD continued to monitor the situation.

About 10pm, it was determined the fire was shifting out of the burned area to the southeast, and personnel returned to stop the spread.  The fire was contained and is being allowed to burn out.  

The fire apparently spread from some land clearing that was occurring nearby.  No structures were damaged and there were no injuries.

 

 




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March 1, 2024

 

MAN INJURED IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY ACCIDENT

A man was injured in an accident that occurred at 5:45pm Wednesday in Montgomery County.  The patrol says that 43 year old Benjamin Albin of Ashland was westbound on I-70 when the trailer on his truck lost control, jackknifed and collided with the truck which in turn caused a semi driven by 56 year old William Hord of Auxvasse to swerve to avoid the truck and ran off the left side of the roadway and overturned, while another tractor trailer driven by 54 year old Armando Soto of Valle Hermoso Mexico was struck by logs that were being hauled by the truck’s trailer.  Hord was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of moderate injuries. 

 

WOMAN HURT IN WEDNESDAY MORNING CRASH

A Mexico woman was hurt in a Wednesday morning crash in Audrain County.  State troopers stated that 22 year old Caitlyn Gish was on MO 15 when her vehicle collided with a deer that entered the roadway.  She suffered minor injuries and was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.  The crash happened at 6:15am Wednesday.

 

DRIVER HURT IN WEDNESDAY MORNING WRECK

20 year old Jacob Weinmann of Brookfield was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Wednesday morning in Linn County.  MSHP reported that he was on US 36 when he lost control on the ice-covered road and his truck went off the road and struck a ditch.  He was taken to Pershing Memorial Hospital in Brookfield for treatment of minor injuries.  The wreck happened at around 7:45am Wednesday.    

 

MAN HURT IN MACON COUNTY INCIDENT

A La Plata man was hurt in a Wednesday morning incident in Macon County.  The highway patrol said it occurred at 8:05am as 22 year old Shawn Gerber was on US 63 when his truck traveled off the road and overturned.  He was transported by ambulance to Samaritan Hospital in Macon for treatment of minor injuries.

 

 




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February 29, 2024

 

WOMAN HURT IN FRANKLIN COUNTY ACCIDENT

A woman was hurt in an accident that occurred at 7:05pm Tuesday in Franklin County.  The patrol says that 63 year old Kathryn Heintz of Grubville, MO was on Missouri 30 when her car struck a deer that had entered the roadway ahead of her.  She sustained moderate injuries and was taken to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis for treatment.

 

DUMP TRUCK DRIVER SERIOUSLY INJURED IN TUESDAY AFTERNOON WRECK

A dump truck driver was seriously injured in a wreck Tuesday afternoon in Pike County.  The highway patrol said that 54 year old Charles Cash of Bowling Green was on Highway H when the dump truck ran off the right side of the road and overturned.  He was taken to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis with serious injuries.  The wreck occurred at 1:25pm Tuesday.

 

TEEN HURT IN TUESDAY MORNING CRASH

A New Haven teen was hurt in a Tuesday morning crash in Franklin County.  MSHP stated that it happened just before 8am as the 17 year old boy was on Route C when he failed to negotiate a curve, causing his truck to travel off the right side of the road and then returned to the roadway and overturned.  He suffered minor injuries and was taken to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment.

 

MAN INJURED IN MOTORCYCLE INCIDENT

57 year old Gail Riley of Huntsville was injured in a motorcycle incident Tuesday morning in Macon County.  The patrol says that he was on Route O when his motorcycle struck a deer in the roadway, overturned and ejected him from it.  He was air-lifted to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of moderate injuries.  The incident happened at 10am Tuesday.

 

 




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February 28, 2024

 

MAN INJURED IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY ACCIDENT

A Wellsville man was injured in an accident that occurred at around 5:25pm Monday in Montgomery County.  The patrol says that 61 year old Bradley Roach was on Highway B when his hummer traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck a tree.  He was transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

TEEN HURT IN MOTORCYCLE MISHAP

19 year old Titus James of Hillsboro was hurt in a motorcycle mishap Monday evening in Franklin County.  The highway patrol said it happened at 5:50pm as he was on MO 30 when he failed to maintain control and his motorcycle struck the road.  He suffered minor injuries and was taken to Mercy Hospital South for treatment.

 

TWO INJURED, ONE SERIOUSLY IN MONDAY NIGHT WRECK

Two people from Washington were injured, one seriously in a two-vehicle wreck Monday night in Warren County.  MSHP stated that a car driven by 43 year old Brittany Funk of Wright City was making a left turn from eastbound Route OO to northbound Route T when her car was struck by an SUV driven by 86 year old Wayne Lanwermeyer who failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection.  The man suffered minor injuries while his passenger 88 year old Shirley Lanwermeyer sustained serious injuries.  Both were taken to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment.  The wreck occurred just before 9pm Monday.

 

NCMC STARTS WORK ON THE NEW NUTTALL STUDENT CENTER, STREETS TO CLOSE DOWNTOWN FOR CONSTRUCTION

Construction of the new North Central Missouri College Dr. Neil and Susanne Nuttall Student Center on the Main Campus in Trenton has begun, causing temporary closures to downtown roads and areas. NCMC’s new Nuttall Student Center will be built on the block of Main and Chestnut between 12th Street and 13th Street south of Geyer Hall. The area surrounding the Nuttall Student Center will have no or limited accessibility for traffic and pedestrians during construction.

 

Beginning Wednesday, February 21, the gravel parking lot south of Geyer Hall  closed. Starting Monday a fence was erected around the Nuttall Student Center job site, and the lot will be off-limits to pedestrian and vehicle traffic. The following road closures will also occur at this time (all approved by the City of Trenton): All of 13th Street between Main and Chestnut Street, All of 12th Street between Main and the western edge of the gravel parking lot, one lane of Main Street closest to the job site between 13th and 12th Street, (partial street closure will cause narrow lane on this street), one lane of Chestnut Street closest to the job site between 13th and 12th Street (partial street closure will cause narrow lane on this street), and northern lane of 12th between Chestnut and the western edge of the gravel parking lot for the duration of construction.

 

Construction of the new NCMC Nuttall Student Center is to take approximately a year and a half, with the building anticipated to be open in the summer of 2025. Those using the areas mentioned will need to find alternate routes for the construction time. North Central Missouri College would like to thank the community for their patience and understanding during this exciting advancement of downtown Trenton and North Central Missouri College.

 

 

 




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February 27, 2024

 

TWO INJURED IN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT

Two people from Houstonia, MO were injured in an accident that occurred at 2:30pm Sunday in Gasconade County.  The patrol says that 41 year old Donnie Hood and his passenger 40 year old Angela Wells were on MO 100 when they failed to negotiate a curve, causing their motorcycle to travel off the left side of the roadway and overturned down an embankment, ejecting both from it.  Both were transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

GOVERNOR PARSON ANNOUNCES TWO JUDICIAL APPOINTMENTS

Governor Mike Parson has announced judicial appointments to the 11th and 12th Judicial Circuits.

Lawrence J. Chrum, of St. Charles, was appointed as Associate Circuit Judge for the 11th Judicial Circuit.

Mr. Chrum is currently an assistant prosecuting attorney in St. Charles County. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in corporate communications and public relations from Lindenwood University and a Juris Doctor from Thomas M. Cooley Law School. Mr. Chrum will fill the vacancy created by the appointment of the Honorable Brittney R. Smith as Circuit Judge.

Melissa Buckman Young, of Mexico, was appointed as Associate Circuit Judge for Audrain County in the 12th Judicial Circuit.

Ms. Young is currently owner of Melissa Buckman Young, Attorney at Law, LLC. She holds a Bachelor of Science in agricultural education and a Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri–Columbia. Ms. Young will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of the Honorable Linda R. Hamlett.

 

OFFICE OF BROADBAND DEVELOPMENT LAUNCHES INTERACTIVE MAP TO HELP INVEST $1.7 BILLION IN BEAD FUNDING

The Department of Economic Development’s (DED) Office of Broadband Development (OBD) has announced that it has launched the first version of the new Missouri Public Broadband Availability Interactive Map. The map, which uses the Sanborn Map Company’s Broadband Navigator technology, will assist in the investment of $1.7 billion in funding provided by the Broadband Equity Access and Deployment (BEAD) program.

The interactive map will assist Missourians during the BEAD challenge process, which will allow for the reporting of locations that lack service and should be eligible for funding. The challenge process is scheduled to open on March 18 and close on April 19. To be notified when the challenge process begins, subscribe for email updates from OBD.

 

 




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February 26, 2024

 

THREE INJURED IN FRANKLIN COUNTY ACCIDENT

Three people were injured in an accident that occurred at 1:50pm Friday in Franklin County.  The patrol says that 86 year old Mervin Wright of St. Louis was stopped at the intersection of Route T and westbound MO 100 when he failed to yield while attempting to cross eastbound MO 100 onto Route V and his SUV struck the left side of a jeep driven by 43 year old Tonya Batchelar of Catawissa.  After impact the jeep began to skid, struck a traffic control device and caught fire, meanwhile the SUV continued off the right side of the roadway into a ditch.  Batchelar suffered minor injuries and was taken to Mercy Hospital in Washington while Wright and his passenger 84 year old Alma Wright of St. Louis were taken to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis for treatment.

 

TWO HURT IN SATURDAY NIGHT WRECK

Two Moberly residents were hurt in a two-vehicle wreck Saturday night in Randolph County.  The highway patrol said that it happened at 6:05pm as 67 year old Tommy Beal of Fayette was on US 63 when he merged into the left lane and his SUV struck a truck driven by 33 year old Christy McClaskey and afterwards the SUV came to a controlled stop on the right shoulder while the truck came to rest in the median. Both the woman and her passenger 40 year old Michael Perfater were taken to Moberly Regional Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries.

 

TEEN HURT IN SATURDAY EVENING CRASH

A Waverly teen was hurt in a Saturday evening crash in Saline County.  MSHP stated that the 17 year old girl was on US 65 when her vehicle ran off the left side of the road and struck three MODOT signs before coming to rest.  She was transported by ambulance to Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall for treatment of minor injuries. The crash occurred at 11:55pm Saturday.   

 

 




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February 23, 2024

 

TWO MEN INJURED, ONE SERIOUSLY IN LINCOLN COUNTY ACCIDENT

Two men were injured, one seriously in an accident that occurred at 3:45pm Wednesday in Lincoln County.  The patrol says that two trucks were on US 61 when the truck driven by 28 year old Dominick Beesley of Haltom City, TX struck the rear of the truck driven by 75 year old Lawrence Reuther Jr. of Eloia, MO.  After impact Reuther’s truck became airborne, went off the right side of the roadway and overturned.  Reuther Jr. was taken to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis with serious injuries, while Beesley was treated at the scene for minor injuries as he refused transport.

 

DRIVER INJURED IN EARLY THURSDAY MORNING CRASH

A driver was injured in an early Thursday morning crash in Franklin County.  The highway patrol said it happened after 1am as 36 year old Zachary Noll of St. Louis was fleeing from an attempted law enforcement stop when he failed to negotiate a curve on the exit ramp of eastbound I-44 and his SUV struck the concrete traffic barrier.  He sustained moderate injuries and was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment.

 

TEEN HURT IN WEDNESDAY NIGHT WRECK

18 year old Cordell Vaughn of Arbela was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Wednesday night in Scotland County.  MSHP stated that he was on Nesbit Street at Main Street in Gorin and making a u-turn when his brakes failed, causing his truck to strike a house.  He was taken to Scotland County Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.  The wreck occurred at 7:45pm Wednesday.

 

TEEN GIRL HURT IN MACON COUNTY MISHAP

A teenage girl from Macon was hurt in a Thursday morning mishap in Macon County.  State troopers report that it happened just before 8am as the 17 year old girl was on Highway DD and negotiating a curve when her truck crossed the center of the road, swerved to miss an oncoming vehicle, ran off the north side of the roadway, overcorrected and then it traveled off the south side, struck a ditch and overturned.  She suffered minor injuries and was taken to Samaritan Hospital in Macon for treatment.

 

 

 




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February 22, 2024

 

WOMAN INJURED IN HOWARD COUNTY ACCIDENT

A New Franklin woman was injured in an accident that occurred at 11:05pm Tuesday in Howard County.  The patrol says that 29 year old Victoria Brown was on Route P when she swerved to avoid a deer, causing her SUV to travel off the left side of the roadway and overturned.  She was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

DRIVER HURT IN TUESDAY MORNING WRECK

39 year old Danielle Barnett of Crystal City was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Tuesday morning in Jefferson County.  The highway patrol said it happened at around 10:10am as she was on Hillsboro-Hematite Road when she failed to negotiate a curve and her truck ran off the right side of the road and struck a utility pole.  She sustained minor injuries and was taken to Mercy Hospital South for treatment.

 

GOVERNOR PARSON ANNOUNCES DEPLOYMENT OF 200 NATIONAL GUARD MEMBERS, 22 HIGHWAY PATROL TROOPERS TO TEXAS SOUTHERN BORDER

On Tuesday, during a press conference at the State Capitol, Governor Mike Parson announced that the State of Missouri will be providing up to 200 Missouri National Guard (MONG) members and 22 Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) troopers to support Texas Governor Greg Abbott's Operation Lone Star mission at the Southern Border. 

"About two weeks ago, I visited the Southern Border, and let me not mince words when I say it is a crisis," Governor Parson said. "The crisis at the Southern Border is fueling the fentanyl crisis here in our state. Missourians are dying; families are being ripped apart; communities are being destroyed, and Missouri children are falling victim. It all stems from the Biden Administration's reckless, irresponsible, and failing open-border policies. With our Southern Border wide open, every state is now a border state." 

Governor Parson has issued Executive Order 24-03 to activate the MONG and the Governor's Office's discretionary emergency response fund. Governor Parson's plan to support border security along the Texas-Mexico border includes the following:

The deployment of up to 200 MONG members

Guard members will be deployed on a rotating basis of approximately 30 days.

The deployment of up to 22 MSHP troopers

Standard law enforcement equipment will accompany the troopers.

All MSHP troopers being deployed to the Southern Border have volunteered for the mission.

A $2.3 million supplemental budget request to the Missouri General Assembly to support border security efforts and backfill the Governor's Office's emergency response fund

MSHP troopers will begin active support by March 1, and MONG personnel will begin their mission on March 10. Advance and logistical planning for both deployments is currently underway in coordination with the State of Texas

MONG and MSHP personnel will be working to help secure the border, prevent illegal immigration, and stop illicit drug and human trafficking. 

MONG members will mainly assist in the construction of physical barriers and with security patrols as needed. MSHP troopers will work to support traffic enforcement, crime prevention, criminal interdiction, and other law enforcement agencies as needed. 

Statistics Related to Missouri and the Southern Border Crisis:

Nearly 10 million individuals have entered the U.S. illegally since 2021, including known gotaways at the Southern Border.

That's larger than the population of 40 U.S. States, including Missouri.

Operation Lone Star alone has seized over 460 million lethal doses of fentanyl at the Southern Border.

That's enough fentanyl to kill every American citizen with more than 100 million doses left over. 

The Missouri State Highway Patrol seized nearly 12,500 grams of fentanyl in 2023 alone. 

That's enough to kill Missouri's entire population twice over. 

Since 2017, fentanyl overdoses have increased in Missouri by nearly 135 percent - with 75 percent of that increase occurring since 2020. 

At the last statewide report in 2022, 43 Missouri children died from fentanyl exposure.

 

 




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February 21, 2024

 

MODOT SELECTS TWO CONSULTANTS TO LEAD I-44 CORRIDOR STUDY

The Missouri Department of Transportation has announced the selection of two consultants to lead an environmental study of the more than 250 miles of Interstate 44 from the Oklahoma state line to the Route 100 East interchange near Gray Summit in Franklin County.

The selected consultants, Hg Consult, Inc. and Garver, will each study a stretch of the corridor, which has been divided into two sections for the purpose of the study: Hg Consult will study the stretch from the Oklahoma state line to the Route 17 interchange near St. Robert, and Garver will study from St. Robert to the Route 100 East interchange at Gray Summit. 

The goal of the study is to update and validate the outcomes of the 2008 Purpose and Need Study and provide the opportunity for public input from stakeholders along the I-44 corridor. The study will also divide the more than 250 miles of the I-44 corridor into logical segments for further study and prioritize those segments for more detailed design and ultimately for construction when funds are available.  

Missouri’s FY2024 budget from the General Assembly, signed into law by Gov. Parson, provides $20 million of General Revenue for the environmental study.

For more information on the I-44 Corridor Study, visit modot.org/forward44.

 

MDC INVITES THE PUBLIC TO AN EVENING WITH WILDLIFE FRIDAY IN KIRKSVILLE

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites the public to an Evening with Wildlife at William Matthew Middle School in Kirksville on Feb. 23 from 6-9 p.m.

This free event will feature several conservation-related exhibits including exhibits by the Missouri Beekeeping Association, the Missouri Trapping Association, and MDC fisheries, forestry, and protection exhibits. Staff will also be present to score deer antlers with official Boone and Crockett measurements. Guest speakers will be presenting on mountain lions in Missouri and MDC’s K-9 program.

All ages are invited, and questions about this event should be sent to Conservation Agent Kevin Powell at kevin.powell@mdc.mo.gov. William Matthew Middle School is located at 1515 S. Cottage Grove Ave. in Kirksville.

 

 




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February 20, 2024

 

WOMAN HURT IN SUNDAY NIGHT WRECK

A woman was hurt in a three-vehicle wreck Sunday night in Franklin County.  The highway patrol said it happened at 7:20pm as a car driven by 18 year old Karleigh Coffman of Gerald was eastbound on US 50 when she failed to yield to a car driven by 29 year old Bailea Walker of Owensville who was southbound on US 50 as Coffman was making a left turn onto MO 185 and the two cars collided and then Walker’s car struck the passenger side of a car driven by a 16 year old girl from Beaufort who was on MO 185.  Walker sustained moderate injuries and was taken to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment.

 

MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN MOTORCYCLE CRASH

20 year old Robert Ponce of Lake St. Louis was seriously injured in a motorcycle crash Sunday morning in St. Charles County.  State troopers stated that he was eastbound on i-70 when his motorcycle ran off the left side of the road, struck the cable barrier and overturned, ejecting him from it.  He was taken to SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital in Lake St. Louis with serious injuries.  The crash happened at 9:30am Sunday.

 

THREE INJURED, TWO SERIOUSLY IN SUNDAY MORNING ACCIDENT

Three people were injured, two seriously in an accident that occurred at around 8:30am Sunday in Macon County.  The patrol says that 19 year old Sarah Dowling of Moberly was on US 63 when her SUV struck the rear of a horse drawn buggy.  After impact both went off the road and the SUV overturned, coming to rest on its top.  Dowling suffered minor injuries and was taken to an unknown location while both 24 year old Rueben Schwartz and 24 year old Laura Schwartz of Macon who were in the buggy were transported by MU Life Team to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries.

 

PLANNED ROADWORK FOR NORTHEAST MISSOURI

The following is a list of general highway maintenance work the Missouri Department of Transportation has planned in the Northeast Missouri region for the next few weeks.

All road closures and planned roadwork may be viewed on the Traveler Information Map at http://traveler.modot.org/map/.

Inclement weather may cause schedule changes in some of the planned work. There may also be moving operations throughout the region, in addition to the work mentioned below.

Macon County

Route AA – February 20, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Odessa Avenue to Orbit Avenue between 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Route AA – February 20, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Orbit Avenue to Olympic Avenue between 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Missouri Route 149 – February 13 – 22, LANE RESTRICTION for bridge maintenance 0.5 mile before and after the box culvert approximately 2 miles North of New Cambria between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily. A 10-foot width restriction will be in place where crews are actively working.

Montgomery County

Outer Road I-70 (Booneslick Road) – February 20, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Ellis Road to Walnut Street in High Hill between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Schuyler County

U.S. Route 136 (Eastbound) – February 20 - 22, LANE RESTRICTION for brush cutting operations from Shaw Lane to Kelso Road between 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily. A 12-foot width restriction will be in place where crews are actively working.

Scotland County

Route D – February 20, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Route A to CR 657 between 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Route D – February 21, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from CR 657 to CR 360 between 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Route D – February 22 - 23, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from CR 657 to CR 360 between 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily.

 

 




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February 19, 2024

 

TEEN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN WARREN COUNTY ACCIDENT

A teen was seriously injured in an accident that occurred after 9am Saturday in Warren County.  The patrol says that 18 year old Shelby Sommer of Warrenton was on Route W when she was unable to maintain her lane and her SUV traveled into the southbound lanes and struck a truck driven by 42 year old Leonard Luechtefeld of Warrenton.  Sommer was transported by ambulance to SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital in Lake St. Louis with serious injuries. 

 

DRIVER HURT IN SATURDAY EVENING WRECK

19 year old Chase Oberndorfer of Villa Ridge was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Saturday evening in Franklin County.  The highway patrol said it happened at 5:15pm as he was on Highway 100 when he lost control and his vehicle overturned.  He suffered minor injuries and was taken to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment.

 

MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN SATURDAY NIGHT CRASH

A Wyaconda man was seriously injured in a Saturday night crash in Clark County.  State troopers stated that 56 year old Daniel Doyle was on Clark County Road 156 when his car crossed the centerline, ran off the left side of the road and struck an embankment.  He was taken to Scotland County Memorial Hospital in Memphis with serious injuries.  The crash occurred at 9:30pm Saturday.

 

 




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February 16, 2024

 

CONTRACTOR SELECTED FOR THE FIRST IMPROVE I-70 PROJECT

The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission (MHTC) has selected Millstone Weber as the apparent best-value proposer and Design-Build contractor of the first project in MoDOT’s Improve I-70 Program. Negotiations to finalize the contract are currently in progress. Improve I-70: Columbia to Kingdom City will build a third lane in each direction and improve the 20-mile stretch of Interstate 70 between U.S. 63 in Columbia and U.S. 54 in Kingdom City beginning in summer 2024. This $405 million project is the first of several projects which will widen and improve the I-70 corridor.

Missouri’s FY2024 budget from the General Assembly signed into law by Governor Parson provides $2.8 billion in General Revenue for the costs to build a third lane of I-70 across the state. The program will plan, design, construct, reconstruct, rehabilitate, and add a third lane in each direction on nearly 200 miles of I-70, from Blue Springs to Wentzville.

The selected team, including contractor Millstone Weber and designer Jacobs, competed against one other design-build team. The winning proposal showed not only an understanding of the engineering and design endeavors set out before the teams, but it also highlighted an understanding of the local, statewide, and national importance of an improved I-70. The winning proposal includes new concrete pavement on all three lanes of I-70 in each direction for the 20-mile section between Columbia and Kingdom City, wider inside and outside shoulders, and improved interchange designs at the U.S. 63 and U.S. 54 interchanges at I-70. Additionally, throughout construction two lanes of travel will be available for both directions of I-70 during peak hours.

The U.S. 63 and I-70 interchange proposal includes:

Two new direct connection ramps (northbound U.S. 63 to westbound I-70 and eastbound I-70 to southbound U.S. 63)

Four new roundabouts

The U.S. 54 and I-70 interchange proposal includes two new bridges and a new and improved interchange.

For more information on the Improve I-70 Program, visit www.modot.org/improvei70.

 

17TH ANNUAL CHILLICOTHE POLAR PLUNGE RAISES NEARLY $8,000 FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS MISSOURI

The 17th Annual Chillicothe Polar Plunge on Feb. 10 at Simpson Park was a splashing success, raising $7,700 to date. A total 31 brave men, women from around the area donned Hawaiian-themed costumes and swimwear to take a chilly dip into freezin’ water. Their Reason for Freezin’ was the athletes of Special Olympics Missouri (SOMO).

Online fundraising is still ongoing. Organizers of the Plunge still hope to raise an additional $2,300 to reach the goal of 10,000. Donations can be made on their online fundraising page.

 

Top individual fundraisers:

1st Place Fundraiser – Tom Melte

2nd Place Fundraiser – Cheryl Evans

3rd Place Fundraiser – Katie Lowe

Top team fundraisers:

Top Fundraising Team – Chillicothe Correctional Center

Top Law Enforcement Team – Chillicothe Correctional Center

Top Fundraising SchoolChillicothe High School 

Competition for the Golden Plunger was steep this year. Participants were encouraged to come in costume and compete for the chance to take home the “Golden Plunger.”

Group 1st PlaceChillicothe High School

Group 2nd Place – Team Lowes

Group 3rd PlaceChillicothe Cert Team

SOMO was lucky to have Charlie Phillips as a Plunge Ambassador for this event. He is a SOMO athlete, and he worked for months to help spread awareness of the Plunge! 

This year’s event was held in conjunction with Chillicothe Correctional Center.

For more information about the Polar Plunge, visit www.somo.org/plunge.

 

MSHP: DRIVER EXAMINATION STATIONS TO CLOSE STATEWIDE FOR UPCOMING HOLIDAY

The Missouri State Highway Patrol would like to remind the public that driver examination stations throughout the state will be closed on the following date:

 

Monday, February 19 in observance of Washington’s Birthday.  Normal operations will resume on Tuesday, February 20.

 

 

 




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February 15, 2024

 

MOTORCYCLIST SERIOUSLY INJURED IN MARION COUNTY ACCIDENT

A motorcyclist was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at 5pm Tuesday in Marion County.  The patrol says that 20 year old Austin Brown of Hannibal was on US 36 when his motorcycle overturned in the roadway and ejected him from it.  He was taken to Hannibal Regional Hospital with serious injuries.

 

MAN HURT IN TUESDAY MORNING WRECK

71 year old James Iden of Catawissa was hurt in a two-vehicle wreck Tuesday morning in Franklin County.  The highway patrol said it happened at 10:30am as he was on Route F when he failed to observe a dump truck driven by 54 year old Jonathan Truitt of Middletown slowing to make a left turn and his jeep struck the rear of the dump truck.  Iden suffered minor injuries and was taken to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis for treatment.

 

TEEN INJURED IN TUESDAY MORNING FIERY CRASH

A Green City teen was injured in a fiery crash Tuesday morning in Sullivan County.  State troopers stated that 19 year old Declan Murphy was on Route C when his truck traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck a ditch and caught fire.  He was transported by ambulance to Sullivan County Memorial Hospital in Memphis for treatment of minor injuries.  The crash happened at 10:25am Tuesday.

 

MDC AND PARTNERS HOST WARM-SEASON GRASS ESTABLISHMENT WORKSHOPS IN NORTHEAST MISSOURI

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and partners invite the public to a series of warm-season grass establishment workshops around northeastern Missouri. Native warm-season grasses have deep root systems which make more efficient use of water and soil nutrients. They can grow and thrive during the summer when cool-season grasses cannot, and they tend to need less fertilizer and lime than cool-season grasses.

These workshops will discuss the benefits and economics of establishing warm-season grasses, establishment techniques, how to manage these grasses, and programs available for adding warm-season grasses to your property. Each workshop is free to the public, and lunch will be provided. For all workshops, the doors will open at 9:30 a.m. and the event will run from 10 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.

Feb. 21 in Shelbina at the First Baptist Church (125 W. Chestnut Street)

Feb. 22 in Elsberry at the Plant Materials Center (2803 MO Hwy 79)

Feb. 27 in Milan at the Milan Communications Center (205 N. Market Street)

Feb. 28 in Chillicothe at the Litton Ag-Center (10780 Liv 235)

Questions about these workshops can be directed to Lucas Brass at lucas.brass@usda.gov.

 

 




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February 14, 2024

 

TWO DRIVERS INJURED, ONE SERIOUSLY IN PIKE COUNTY ACCIDENT

Two drivers were injured, one seriously in an accident that occurred at 5:45am Monday in Pike County.  The patrol says that a car driven by 18 year old Quentin Harrell of Bowling Green was on 18678 Missouri 161 when his car crossed the center line and collided head-on with a car driven by 63 year old Richard Ramsey of Bowling Green.  After impact both cars traveled off the east side of the roadway.  Harrell was taken to SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital in Lake St. Louis with serious injuries, while Ramsey was taken to Pike County Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

 

WOMAN HURT IN MONDAY AFTERNOON WRECK

A woman was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Monday afternoon in Adair County.  The highway patrol said it happened at 2pm as 60 year old Terri Phillips of Kansas City was a passenger in a truck driven by 58 year old Penny Pipes of Milan.  They were on MO 6 ½ mile east of Novinger when the truck ran off the road and overturned down an embankment.  Phillips sustained minor injuries and was taken to Northeast Medical Center in Kirksville for treatment. 

 

ROY BLUNT RESERVOIR TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROJECT UPDATE

Here’s an update regarding the construction of transportation improvements around the planned Roy Blunt Reservoir in Sullivan County. Capital Paving and Construction LLC, plans to begin constructing the new bridge on Mayapple Road on Tuesday, Feb. 20.  Construction of the new bridge is not expected to impact motorists.  Crews anticipate the completion of the bridge by early May 2024.

 

 




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February 13, 2024

 

RAPE SUSPECT NOW CHARGED IN SECOND RAPE CASE

A northeast Missouri rape suspect is now charged in connection with another rape case.  According to KTVO, 21 year old Anthony Shehorn of Shelbina is facing new charges of first-degree rape and supplying liquor to a minor or intoxicated person.  Those charges were filed last Friday in Shelby County.

According to court documents, the two alleged crimes happened in Clarence on December 16, 2022.

The report stated that he physically held his female accuser down on a bed and forced himself on her while she was telling him to stop and trying to escape.

Court documents also stated that Shehorn also allowed the underage female to drink alcohol and smoke marijuana while at his home.

Shehorn is being held on $100,000 cash-only bond in the Shelby County jail.

He was already in jail following his arrest in mid-January 2024 on charges of first-degree rape and first-degree sodomy.

Those alleged crimes happened in Shelbina back in June 2022.

 

CAPTAIN DUSTY L. HOFFMAN NAMED DIVISION DIRECTOR, PUBLIC INFORMATION AND EDUCATION DIVISION, JEFFERSON CITY

Colonel Eric T. Olson, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, announces the following transfer:

Captain Dusty L. Hoffman, director of Governor’s Security Division, General Headquarters, Jefferson City, is being named division director and transferring to Public Information and Education Division, General Headquarters, Jefferson City, effective immediately.

Hoffman was appointed to the Patrol on August 1, 1993, as a member of the 66th Recruit Class. After graduating from the Academy, he was assigned to Troop F, Zone 6, Moniteau and Morgan counties. He transferred to the Governor’s Security Division, General Headquarters, Jefferson City, on September 19, 2010. On January 1, 2014, he was promoted to lieutenant and designated assistant director of the Research and Development Division, General Headquarters, Jefferson City. On April 1, 2017, he was promoted to the rank of captain and assigned as the director of the Governor’s Security Division.

Hoffman was born in Glasgow, MO, and graduated from Howard County R-II High School in Glasgow. He joined in the U.S. Air Force, where he served in Texas, Alaska, and the Republic of Panama. Hoffman was honorably discharged in 1992. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice from Columbia College in Columbia, MO, in 2004. Hoffman completed Leadership In Police Organizations through the International Association of Chiefs of Police in 2013. Captain Hoffman and his wife, Sunny, have four children.

 

MISSOURI ROADWAY FATALITIES DIP SLIGHTLY IN 2023

According to preliminary data, 989 fatalities occurred on Missouri roadways in 2023. This is a decrease of 6% when compared to 2022, when there were 1,057 fatalities. This is the first year since 2019 that Missouri has seen a decrease in roadway fatalities. Despite the progress, this still amounts to nearly three lives lost on Missouri roadways every day, leaving plenty of room for improvement in 2024. The Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety stresses how the four simple actions of Buckle Up, Phone Down, Slow Down and Drive Sober could put a big dent in the fatality numbers.

While overall roadway fatalities were down, motorcyclist fatalities have never been higher. Preliminary numbers indicate that 175 motorcyclists were killed on Missouri roadways in 2023, a 14% increase over the previous year (153 fatalities). This is the highest number of motorcyclist fatalities ever reported in Missouri, and almost 50% higher than the average number of motorcyclist fatalities prior to the repeal of Missouri’s all-rider helmet law in 2020. Safety professionals cite the lack of helmet use as a major contributing factor to the increase.

Other prevalent characteristics observed in roadway fatalities include lack of seat belt use, distracted driving, speed and impairment. These behaviors continue to plague Missouri roadways. Of the vehicle occupants killed in 2023, 63% were not wearing a seat belt. Distracted driving contributed to more than 100 deaths in 2023, and historically, more than half of the victims are someone other than the distracted driver. Impaired driving accounted for approximately 17% of the fatalities in 2023 while speed and other aggressive driving behaviors remained the top concern, contributing to more than half of the total fatalities.

Missouri’s strategic highway safety plan, Show-Me Zero, takes a comprehensive approach in creating a safe system to reduce and eliminate traffic fatalities. Through a combination of education, public policy, infrastructure improvements, traffic enforcement, emergency services, and personal responsibility, Show-Me Zero provides opportunities for every Missourian to help make the state’s roadways safer. For more information on the Show-Me Zero plan and to learn how all Missourians can help make the roadways safer, visit www.savemolives.com.

 

DEPARTMENT AWARDS MORE THAN $9 MILLION TO NONPROFITS THROUGH THE NEIGHBORHOOD ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

The Department of Economic Development (DED) has announced that it will award more than $9 million in tax credits through the Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) to 46 organizations for community development projects statewide.

A total of up to $16 million is awarded through NAP annually, with projects limited to $250,000 in 50% tax credits and $350,000 in 70% tax credits. Credits for this fiscal year were awarded in two rounds, with this being the second round that opened in August 2023. Eligible applicants include nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and businesses that meet program requirements. During the Fiscal Year 2024 cycle, tax credits were reserved for organizations providing critical services, with priority given to projects located in previously underserved areas of the state. A total of more than $15.3 million in tax credits was awarded among both rounds of the cycle.

The full list of 2024 Round 2 NAP recipients and projects is available here.

 

 




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February 12, 2024

 

PLANNED ROADWORK FOR NORTHEAST MISSOURI

The following is a list of general highway maintenance work the Missouri Department of Transportation has planned in the Northeast Missouri region for the next few weeks.

All road closures and planned roadwork may be viewed on the Traveler Information Map at http://traveler.modot.org/map/.

Inclement weather may cause schedule changes in some of the planned work. There may also be moving operations throughout the region, in addition to the work mentioned below.

Adair County

Missouri Route 6 – February 12-16, LANE RESTRICTION for brush cutting from U.S. Route 63 to Route V between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.

U.S. Route 63 – February 13 – 16, LANE RESTRICTION for sign operations from Benton Road to Route P between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.

Macon County

Route AA – February 13 - 14, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from National Avenue to Nickle Avenue between 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily.

Route AA – February 15 - 16, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Nickle Avenue to Odessa Avenue between 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily.

Route AA – February 20, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Odessa Avenue to Orbit Avenue between 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Route AA – February 20, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Orbit Avenue to Olympic Avenue between 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Missouri Route 149 – February 13 – 22, LANE RESTRICTION for bridge maintenance 0.5 mile before and after the box culvert approximately 2 miles North of New Cambria between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily. A 10-foot width restriction will be in place where crews are actively working.

Monroe County

Route J – February 13, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from CR 1103 to just west of Route OO between 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Montgomery County

Outer Road I-70 (Booneslick Road) – February 20, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Ellis Road to Walnut Street in High Hill between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Ralls County

Route H – February 13 - 14, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Route HH to Lake Shore Drive between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily.

Schuyler County

U.S. Route 136 (Eastbound) – February 20 - 22, LANE RESTRICTION for brush cutting operations from Shaw Lane to Kelso Road between 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily. A 12-foot width restriction will be in place where crews are actively working.

Scotland County

Route D – February 20, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Route A to CR 657 between 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Route D – February 21, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from CR 657 to CR 360 between 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Route D – February 22 - 23, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from CR 657 to CR 360 between 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily.

 

MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN LINCOLN COUNTY INCIDENT

A Bowling Green man was seriously injured in an incident that occurred at 9:20pm Friday in Lincoln County.  The patrol says that two vehicles were northbound on US 61 and engaged in road rage when the SUV driven by 50 year old Joseph Rascher of Moscow Mills applied the brakes causing the truck driven by 20 year old Blaine Thoroughman of Bowling Green to strike the rear of the SUV and then the SUV hit the passenger side of the truck causing the truck to travel off the right side of the roadway, striking several trees and overturned, meanwhile the SUV came to a stop on the right shoulder of the roadway.  Thoroughman was taken to Mercy Hospital with serious injuries.

 

TWO INJURED IN SATURDAY AFTERNOON WRECK

Two people were injured in a two-vehicle wreck Saturday afternoon in Boone County.  The highway patrol said it happened at 12pm as 28 year old Samuel Dowell of Lawrence, KS was on MO 40 when he attempted to make a left turn and his car traveled into the path of an SUV driven by 45 year old Shilo Dorman of Columbia and they collided.  Dorman suffered minor injuries, while his passenger 72 year old Janet Dorman of Columbia sustained moderate injuries.  Both were transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.

 

 




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February 9, 2024

 

MACON MAN MISSING SINCE LAST WEEK FOUND DEAD IN COLUMBIA

A Macon man missing for more than a week has been found dead just outside Columbia, the city where he was last seen.  According to KTVO in Kirksville, the sister of 25 year old Malik Jones of Macon stated that she found her brother's body late Wednesday morning in the 6100 block of Creasy Springs Road, about two miles north of Columbia.

The report also stated that it appears he was murdered.

The Boone County Sheriff's Office says deputies responded and were directed to a wooded area near the roadway at this location, where they discovered the body of Malik Jones.

The investigation into the disappearance and death of Jones is active, and no other information will be released by the Boone County Sheriff’s Office at this time; however, further information may be released at a later date.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact the Boone County Sheriff’s Office through Boone County Joint Communications by calling 1-573-442-6131.

Persons wishing to remain anonymous may provide information to CrimeStoppers by calling 1- 573-875-TIPS.

 

THREE INJURED, ONE SERIOUSLY IN LINCOLN COUNTY ACCIDENT

Three people were injured, one seriously in an accident that occurred at 6:55pm Wednesday in Lincoln County.  The patrol says that 39 year old Wade Murray of Foley was on Cardinal Hill Road when he fell asleep at the wheel, causing his truck to cross the center of the roadway into the path of a truck driven by 66 year old Anthony Holmes of Winfield and they collided.  After impact Murray’s truck crossed back over the center of the road and ran off the right side and overturned, meanwhile Holmes’s truck came to an uncontrolled rest in the roadway.  Murray was taken to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis with serious injuries, while a passenger in Murray’s truck a 6 year old boy from Foley along with Holmes was taken to SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT NEWS

On Saturday, February 3 at approximately 5:36pm, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 400 block of W Monroe in reference to a structure fire.  Responding personnel found flame coming from the upper level of a building that contained eight apartments and a laundromat.  One apartment was fully involved, and the fire had begun to spread into another apartment and the attic of the building.  The fire was extinguished with the fully involved apartment suffering severe fire damage, about 25% of the attic suffering fire damage, and the adjoining apartment suffering moderate fire damage.  The rest of the building had smoke and water damage.  All residents safely evacuated the building and were uninjured.  One dog and two cats died in the fire. 

Investigation led to a case being submitted to the Audrain County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for Arson 1st degree, and an arrest warrant was issued for James H Schade, age 42.  Schade was a resident of one of the apartments but has been staying in Columbia since the night of the fire.  Columbia Police Department arrested Schade without incident on Wednesday February 7 at about 4:45pm.  During the fire, a GoFundMe page was created for Schade’s benefit.  Anyone who donated to the page is asked to contact Mexico Public Safety at (573) 473-5800 or (573) 581-2100.

 

HANNIBAL MAN WHO HID CAMERA IN BATHROOM SENTENCED TO 25 YEARS IN PRISON

On Thursday February 1, U.S. District Judge Sarah E. Pitlyk sentenced a man who hid a video camera in a bathroom to capture images of a young girl to 25 years in prison.

35 year old Stephen A. Marquez of Hannibal pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in St. Louis in November to attempted production of child pornography.  He admitted placing a video camera disguised as a cell phone charger in a bathroom.  He captured nude images of a young girl, who was 13 and 14 when the videos were made.  Marquez also had videos of the girl stored on his iPhone.

The investigation began in August of 2022, when the victim reported to law enforcement that Marquez had been sexually abusing her since she was 9 or 10 and had used his cell phone to record her in the shower.  The victim said she told Marquez to stop many times but was scared to tell someone about the sexual abuse.  She also said she was scared Marquez would hurt her while he was sexually abusing her.

The Hannibal Police Department, the FBI and the St. Charles County Cyber Crime Task Force investigated the case.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jillian Anderson prosecuted the case.

 

 




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February 8, 2024

 

TEENS INJURED, ONE SERIOUSLY IN SHELBY COUNTY ACCIDENT

Two teens were injured, one seriously in an accident that occurred at 5:15pm Tuesday in Shelby County.  The patrol says that a 16 year old girl from Bethel and a 16 year old boy from Clarence were in a UTV on Shelby County Road 2322 when she failed to negotiate a curve, causing it to travel off the roadway and overturned.  She refused treatment for moderate injuries, while the boy was taken to Hannibal Regional Hospital with serious injuries.

 

MAN HURT IN TUESDAY AFTERNOON WRECK

A man was hurt in a two-vehicle wreck Tuesday afternoon in Lincoln County.  The highway patrol said it happened at 4:10pm as two vehicles were on US 61 when the first driver 32 year old Demonte Lewis of St. Charles approached the intersection of US 61 and Route E when he improperly came to a stop in the right lane and then the driver of the second vehicle 59 year old Bennie Bratcher of Keytesville attempted to avoid hitting him, however was not able to stop and attempted to change to the left lane and the front of his vehicle struck the rear of Lewis’s vehicle.  Lewis sustained minor injuries and was taken to SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital in Lake St. Louis for treatment.

 

NORTH STAR FEEDS TO EXPAND IN BRUNSWICK, INVESTING MORE THAN $3.7 MILLION AND CREATING 5 NEW JOBS

North Star Feeds, a leader in the development and manufacturing of feed fat blends, has announced that it will expand in Brunswick, investing more than $3.7 million and creating 5 new jobs. The company’s expansion of its existing facility will allow for increased process and energy efficiency while increasing product output.

North Star Feeds’ Brunswick location recycles waste vegetable oils and fats through filtration and heating processes to transform them into useable materials for renewable energy. The company, which has been in operation for more than 40 years, provides a wide variety of products and services to meet the unique needs of its customers.

North Star Feeds’ expansion, expected to be complete in about two years, includes the addition of a new warehouse, maintenance shop, and boiler room. The company will also install new rail track, equipment, and product lines, while disposing of outdated materials.

 

 




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February 7, 2024

 

TWO MEN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN WARREN COUNTY ACCIDENT

Two men were seriously injured in an accident that occurred just before 2am Tuesday in Warren County.  The patrol says that 19 year old Kayden Boyd of Catawissa was on Route W when he failed to negotiate a curve, causing his car to cross the center line and then traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck a tree and overturned, ejecting him from it.  Both Boyd and his passenger, 21 year old Camren Love of Warrenton were transported by Arch Helicopter to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis with serious injuries.

 

WOMAN HURT IN MONDAY NIGHT WRECK

54 year old Tina Fidler of Fulton was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Monday night in Callaway County.  The highway patrol said it happened at 9:50pm as she was on Route O when her car ran off the right side of the road, struck a fence and a utility pole.  She suffered minor injuries and was taken to SSM Health St. Mary’s in Jefferson City for treatment. 

 

ATTORNEY GENERAL BAILEY WARNS MISSOURIANS OF TICKET SCAMS AHEAD OF SUPER BOWL

Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey warned Missouri football fans to be wary of any suspicious ticket offerings and to take steps to protect themselves as the Kansas City Chiefs take on the San Francisco 49rs in the Super Bowl on February 11.
Attorney General Bailey provides the following tips to be vigilant when buying tickets to football games:
 

KNOW YOUR VENDOR – Make sure you are buying your tickets from a trustworthy website, especially before you provide any personal financial information.

DO YOUR RESEARCH – If you are unfamiliar with a particular ticket seller, research the seller on the Attorney General’s or Better Business Bureau’s website for any complaints.

USE A CREDIT CARD – If you purchase tickets online, especially through an online auction site, it is recommended that you complete your transaction with a credit card.  Purchasing tickets with a credit card often provides you with protections that you would not otherwise have if you purchase the tickets using cash, check, debit card, or apps like Cash App or Venmo.

SHOP ON SECURED SITES – Always double check your URL before purchasing tickets online.  If a website’s address begins with “https”, the “s” will not appear in the web address until you access the order page of the site, where you will be asked to enter your personal information. Secure websites should also display a closed lock graphic in the browser, generally located to the left of the URL in the address bar.

INSPECT YOUR TICKETS – Physically inspect your tickets to reduce your risk of being turned away at the venue.  Check the date, time and location listed on the tickets to ensure that this information matches the accurate event details.  Also review the listed seating assignments.

REMEMBER – If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Attorney General Bailey encourages Missourians with complaints regarding a potential ticket scam to contact the Missouri Attorney General’s Consumer Complaint Hotline at 800-392-8222 or ago.mo.gov

 

MISSOURI CORN GROWERS SHARE PRIORITIES, RECOGNIZE PARTNERS

Corn farmers, industry representatives, and guests from across the state gathered in Jefferson City, Mo., recently for the Missouri Corn Growers Association (MCGA) annual meeting and legislative day.

 

The morning kicked off at the Capitol Plaza Hotel with MCGA’s annual meeting, where Gov. Mike Parson provided the keynote address. Members also reviewed financials, heard from industry leaders, and elected five board members: Dylan Rosier of Mound City in District 1 representing northwest Missouri; Adam Casner of Carrollton to represent north-central Missouri growers in District 2; Brian Willott of Mexico to represent District 3 in northeast Missouri; Greg Bertz of Mayview, representing west central growers in District 4; and Danny Kuenzel of Washington to represent District 6 in the east-central region.

 

Following the annual meeting and luncheon, growers visited the State Capitol to discuss the importance of Missouri’s corn and ethanol industries with legislators and their economic impact on the state.

 

Members also took the opportunity to honor industry supporters for their contributions to the corn and ethanol industries. Award recipients included:

 

Friend of Corn Growers Award

Congressman Mark Alford

Congressman Sam Graves

Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer

State Rep. Dane Diehl

State Rep. Kurtis Gregory

State Rep. Greg Sharpe

 

Public Servant Award

State Sen. Justin Brown

State Sen. Sandy Crawford

State Sen. Karla Eslinger

State Sen. Lincoln Hough

 

Outstanding Partner

‘Farmer’ Dave Schumacher, KTRS

 

Outstanding Advocate

Don Nikodim, Missouri Pork Association

 

President’s Award

Gov. Mike Parson

Jay Schutte, Benton City

 

Honorary Lifetime Award

Clint Stephens, Advance

 

Years of Service

Jay Schutte

 

The Missouri Corn Growers Association is a membership organization of farmers dedicated to growing and defending the corn industry. MCGA works in the best interest of farmers on key agricultural issues and fights for pro-agriculture, pro-corn legislation.



To learn more about Missouri Corn, or become a member, visit www.mocorn.org or call (800) 827-4181.

 

 




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February 6, 2024

 

TWO SERIOUSLY INJURED IN WARREN COUNTY ACCIDENT

A man and a woman were seriously injured in an accident that occurred at around 9:40pm Saturday in Warren County.  The patrol says that 21 year old Daniel Bobadilla of Wright City was on the North Outer Road of I-70 when he crossed the center line and his car struck a van driven by 66 year old James Nash of Warrenton head-on.  Both Nash and a passenger in the car 67 year old Katherine Richardson of Warrenton were taken to SSM Heath St. Joseph Hospital in Lake St. Louis with serious injuries.

 

THREE INJURED, ONE SERIOUSLY IN SATURDAY AFTERNOON WRECK

Three people were injured, one seriously in a two-vehicle wreck Saturday afternoon in Warren County.  The highway patrol said it happened just before 2pm as 34 year old Kyle Boatwright of Warrenton was northbound on Missouri 47 when he attempted to overtake traffic that was stopped in the northbound lane by using the southbound lane and failed to notice a truck driven by 46 year old Hans Maasdam of Omaha, NB and the SUV and the truck collided head-on.  Boatwright was taken to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis with serious injuries, while Maasdam and his passenger 32 year old Amanda Holtz of Omaha, NB were taken to SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital in Lake St. Louis for treatment of minor injuries.

 

WOMAN INJURED IN SATURDAY AFTERNOON CRASH

A woman was injured in a Saturday afternoon crash in Randolph County.  The patrol says that 46 year old Melisa Carter of Moberly was a passenger in a car driven by 45 year old Jason Carter of Moberly.  They were on Route EE when their car ran off the road and struck an embankment.  She was transported by ambulance to Moberly Regional Medical Center for treatment of moderate injuries.  The crash occurred at 4:30pm Saturday.

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT NEWS

Around 6am on Tuesday, January 30, 2024, the Mexico Public Safety Department learned that several vehicles had been gone through in the east part of town during the overnight hours.  Additionally, one vehicle was stolen.  Later that morning, the Columbia Police Department located the stolen vehicle with two juveniles inside.  After a pursuit, the juveniles were taken into custody.  MPSD is continuing to work with CPD on appropriate charges in both jurisdictions.

 

COLUMBIA PHYSICIAN INDICTED FOR FALSE STATEMENTS TO MEDICARE

A Columbia, Mo., physician has been indicted by a federal grand jury for making false statements relating to Medicare orders.

Jerry Joseph Bruggeman, M.D., 52, was charged in a 13-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City, Mo., on Tuesday, Jan. 23.

The federal indictment alleges that Bruggeman, a licensed physician, provided false statements regarding Medicare beneficiaries who received medical devices (such as braces) or genetic testing. The federal indictment charges Bruggeman with 13 counts of making false statements relating to health care matters. The indictment also contains a forfeiture allegation, which would require Bruggeman to forfeit to the government $29,440, which represents his proceeds from the alleged offenses.

According to the indictment, Bruggeman contracted with a telemedicine company in Boca Raton, Florida, which maintained an online portal that aggregated the personal information of Medicare beneficiaries who had been solicited by marketing companies. The company created medical assessments and orders for these beneficiaries then hired medical professionals like Bruggeman to “review” and sign orders for cancer genetic testing, pharmacogenetic testing, and durable medical equipment.

The federal indictment alleges that Bruggeman approved orders for medical devices for eight Medicare beneficiaries in March and April 2019. Bruggeman stated that he ordered the devices in each case based on his evaluation of the patient’s condition and determined that the device was “medically necessary and appropriate.” Bruggeman electronically signed a physician verification for each of the devices, indicating “by my signature, I am prescribing the items listed above and certify that the above-prescribed item(s) is medically indicated and necessary and consistent with current accepted standards of medical practice and treatment of this patient’s physical condition.”

In fact, the indictment says, Bruggeman never evaluated or assessed the patient’s condition, never determined whether the device was medically necessary and appropriate for the patient, and never determined whether the listed device was consistent with current accepted standards of medical practice and treatment of the patient’s physical condition.

The federal indictment also alleges that Bruggeman approved orders for genetic testing for five Medicare beneficiaries between January and March 2019. Bruggeman asserted in each case that the test results were necessary to the patient’s medical management. He electronically signed an accompanying letter of medical necessity that stated he would “receive the test results in order to pursue care for the patient.” In fact, the indictment says, Bruggeman never treated the patients.

This case is being prosecuted by Supervisory Assistant U.S. Attorney Lauren E. Kummerer. It was investigated by Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General.

 

 

 




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February 2, 2024

 

GRANT FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR PROJECT PROM, GRADUATION LOCK-IN EVENTS

The Northeast Coalition for Roadway Safety is offering grant funding to local schools that hold student lock-in events for Project Prom or High School graduation. Eligibility requirements include a presentation or activity educating students on highway safety issues. Qualifying schools will receive $200 each to assist with event expenses such as location rental, food or entertainment. 

The Northeast Coalition will be accepting grant applications now through Feb. 15, 2024. Interested schools and/or their sponsors can submit the online grant application by visiting Project Prom-Graduation Grant | Missouri Department of Transportation (modot.org). Funding is available for up to 20 local schools.

For additional information, contact Northeast Coalition Facilitator Gerri Jeffries at (573) 248-2502 or Northeast Coalition Representative Tina Lee at (573) 248-2517, or visit the Northeast Coalition’s website at: www.savemolives.com/mcrs/Northeast-Region.

 

DISCOVER NATURE IN WINTER WITH MDC AND AGENTS OF DISCOVERY

Don’t let winter temperatures keep you inside – there’s still much to explore in this season! To help kids and adults discover nature, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is once again partnering with the Agents of Discovery mobile gaming app for its Winter Edition Missions.

Agents of Discovery is an educational gaming app that allows users to engage with nature while completing “Missions”, or games – proving that screen time can be green time.

Winter Edition Missions will run through March 1. Anyone can join by downloading the free app and completing the Missions at participating locations. Each Mission consists of educational challenges that teach players about local history, culture, ecosystems, and safety.

Missions include prizes to reward “Agents”, or players who participate. Once an Agent completes a Mission, they can earn stickers, pins, and other prizes.

The following MDC locations have new Winter Edition Missions:

“How Do Animals Handle the Winter?” at Runge Nature Center in Jefferson City

“Operation Backyard Bird” at Cape Girardeau Nature Center

“Winter Mission” at Powder Valley Nature Center in Kirkwood

“Winter Walk” at Springfield Nature Center

Download the free app and create an Agent profile. Then pick a Mission in your area. Download the mission before heading to it, so you can play the game without WiFi or a data connection. Then use your secret Agent tool to find and unlock challenges.

Agents of Discovery is available for download through the App Store for Apple products or Google Play for Android devices. For more information on Agents of Discovery, visit https://discovertheforest.org/activities/agents-of-discovery.

 

CONSIDER A PROFESSION IN INSURANCE DURING INSURANCE CAREERS MONTH

February is Insurance Careers Month and the Missouri Department of Commerce and Insurance (DCI) encourages Missourians to consider a career in insurance.

DCI has career opportunities to protect consumers and ensure a competitive insurance industry in Missouri, including performing work:

  • Monitoring and analyzing the financial solvency of insurance companies licensed in the state to ensure consumer claims can be paid. 
  • Licensing insurance producers (agents) and other insurance-related individuals and entities operating within Missouri
  • Acting as a liaison between consumers and the insurance industry by receiving complaints against insurance companies, insurance producers, and other licensees. 
  • Reviewing insurance policy forms and materials to ensure compliance with Missouri laws and regulations. 
  • Conducting education and outreach to Missourians about insurance topics.

Job seekers are encouraged to visit the MoCareers website to learn more about current open positions within the department.

DCI is charged with protecting Missouri consumers through oversight of the insurance industry, banks, credit unions, utilities and various professional licensees operating in the state. For more information about the department, please visit their website at dci.mo.gov

 

 

 




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February 1, 2024

 

PAVEMENT REPAIRS BEGIN ON I-70 IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

Weather permitting, February 5, emergency asphalt pavement repairs will begin on the westbound lanes of Interstate 70 from Danville to the Callaway County line between mile marker 170 and mile marker 165.

Crews will be working during daytime hours between 5:30am – 5:30pm.  Motorists can expect delays as traffic will be reduced to one lane with a 12-foot width restriction in place where workers are present.

All work is weather dependent, and schedules are subject to change.

 

ASHCROFT AWARDS 49 SUMMER LIBRARY GRANTS TO MISSOURI LIBRARIES

On Tuesday Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft announced that his office has awarded over $390,000 in additional funding for 49 summer library program grants distributed to several Missouri libraries.

These grants provide funding to public libraries for educational presentations, library materials and program supplies.  The grant period begins February 1 and runs until August 15 of this year.

Grants are administered by the Missouri State Library through an application process and awarded based on need, as well as the library’s ability to effectively bring the project to fruition.

A full list of summer library grant recipients for 2024 can be seen here.

 

MOBERLY LICENSE OFFICE TRANSITIONING TO A NEW CONTRACTOR

The Missouri Department of Revenue is announcing the new management contract for the Moberly License Office has been awarded to Marlo Group LLC. All license office contracts in Missouri are awarded through a competitive bid process. License offices are operated by independent contractors but overseen by the Missouri Department of Revenue.

 

Please note the current location (521 W Coates St, Moberly, Mo., 65270) will close on February 1, 2024 to allow for transitioning of the necessary office equipment. The office will reopen on February 5, 2024. The hours of operation will be Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and the telephone number will be 660-263-4447.

 

While the office is closed to transition to the new contractor, the Department encourages customers to visit one of the following nearby locations to receive assistance with their motor vehicle and driver licensing needs:

 

Macon License Office – 210 N Rubey, Macon, Mo., 63552

Paris License Office – 211 N Main St, Paris, Mo., 65275

Fayette License Office – 106 East Davis, Fayette, Mo., 65248

Keytesville License Office – 306 South Cherry, Keytesville, Mo., 65261

 

A full list of license office locations and hours of operation can be found at
dor.mo.gov/license-office-locator/
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January 31, 2024

 

TWO MEN KILLED IN RANDOLPH COUNTY ACCIDENT

Two men were killed in an accident that occurred at around 11:55pm Monday in Randolph County.  The patrol says that a tractor trailer was stopped partially off the roadway with the towed unit blocking both lanes of US 24 when the towed unit and the driver 31 year old Kaysamual Blanks of Rancho Cordova, CA who was outside of the semi were struck by a tractor trailer driven by 61 year old Michael Fenner of Jackson, MI.  Both men were pronounced dead at the scene.  

 

DRIVER HURT IN TUESDAY MORNING WRECK

38 year old Adam McCree of Unionville was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Tuesday morning in Mercer County.  The highway patrol said it happened at 7:15am as he was on US 136 when his truck began to slide on the frost covered road, traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck an embankment and overturned, returned to the road and went off the south side and came to rest on its wheels facing north.  He was taken to Putnam County Memorial Hospital in Unionville for treatment of minor injuries.